Martinez uses doctoral degree to manage global training

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Seth-Aaron Martinez’s career demonstrates the range of futures a degree from the School of Education can provide. He graduated in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology and now works for Adobe Inc. as a program manager and coach in global talent development.

What made you decide to get a degree from IST?

I applied because IST had a strong reputation.  My master’s thesis advisor at Brigham Young University was an alum of the IST program, and he pointed toward the program as I neared completion of my master’s degree.

Tell me about your current career.

In my role at Adobe, I manage the training of all engineers globally. I also assist with the development of managers. Managing a training program with an audience of about 6000 engineers is exciting and challenging to me. My days consist of consulting with senior technical leaders, arranging instructor sessions at various Adobe cites and answering questions. 

Are there any projects you’re working on that you’re really excited about?

The project that I'm particularly excited about is designing a bootcamp training model for software engineers covering the topics machine learning and deep learning, which currently does not exist. It requires lots of planning, collaboration, and buy-in across the business. 

Our graduates have a range of careers from a degree from the School of Education. How does a degree from the School of Education help with your career?

My degree helps because I am able to make recommendations to our technical leaders, individuals with advanced degrees in computer science and data science, based on my expertise in learning and instructional programs, and they typically respect and heed my recommendations.  They respect my advanced degree; they respect the discipline.

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