In this blog series, we talk to NCU alumni who are improving the human condition and making change for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Dr. Christina Parker completed her PhD in Technology and Innovation Management in December 2020 and defended her dissertation in January 2021. She is a senior clinical project manager at a hospital in Virginia, while also growing a business management company, Global 1 Consulting, and developing a cybersecurity company, Titanium CyberForce.
What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?
I plan on growing my cybersecurity startup company. During my doctoral degree program, I learned about information systems policies, procedures, best practices, and the growing need for cybersecurity firms to address cyberattacks. I was inspired to start a company after learning that cybersecurity is a $35 billion industry and there is a skill gap in this industry.
What inspired you to go back to school?
Earning my doctoral degree in technology has always been one of my long-term goals. I started looking for a doctoral program when I was 25 years old, I was officially enrolled at NCU by age 26, and finished my program when I was 29.
What challenges have you overcome to get where you are? Do you have a life lesson you’d like to share?
My most significant challenge was managing a work-life balance. I was working full-time in a leadership position and completing my PhD. I had to become more organized and improve my time management skills. I was faced with many family related distractions; however, I was able to successfully complete my program.
Do you have any tips for students considering going back to school or still working to achieve their goals?
I would advise students to move forward with achieving their goals; start off with creating a plan on how you are going to achieve your goals, then set a deadline of when you plan on starting and finishing. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals.
Any last words about your experience with NCU?
I had a very supportive chair who helped me throughout my doctoral program. I was able to email or call him whenever I needed support. I know I made the right decision when I chose NCU.