January 9, 2013 | Marcus Varner | Leave a comment At Strayer University (or any other school, for that matter), advisors are quick to tell you that degree programs alone cannot make a successful career. While that is true, it is also true that degrees are usually an essential part of a successful, stable career. Such was the case with Felicia Blow, 2009 Strayer MBA graduate. Combined with a lot of hard work and career skills, Feliciaâ€™s MBA has been a huge career boost. Felicia entered Strayer Universityâ€™s MBA program already having quite a resume under her belt. In the field of public relations, she had been a director several times, served as the president of the Public Relations Society of America’s Hampton Roads Chapter, and chaired the Universal Accreditation Board, which administers the Accredited in Public Relations certification. Needless to say, Felicia had obviously learned how to drive her career forward prior to entering the Strayer University MBA program. Which means Felicia was the perfect candidate. In 2009, Felicia graduated from Strayer Universityâ€™s MBA program with a 4.0 grade-point average (obviously, her study skills are top-notch). Armed with this new degree, she moved on to become the vice president of institutional advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Va. Sheâ€™s done so well since graduating, in fact, that Strayer University recently awarded her the Outstanding Alumni Award. Felicia also finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer as a choir director at her church. So what can we learn from Felicia? Those looking to enter a degree program shouldnâ€™t expect the degree itself to turn graduates instantly into career-building powerhouses. Any college degree at Strayer University or any other school is designed to enhance what the student already has. In short, students need to cultivate work ethic and career-building skills while earning their degrees. This is the most potent combination for career success and most likely to result in strong returns on the money the student spends on their education. If you’re ready to learn more about Strayer University degree programs like the one Felicia completed, visit our Strayer University page. So are you ready to take the leap into a degree to enhance your career? Or maybe you have some skills of experience to gain before you make your move? Tell us in the comments below!