There are many career opportunities that are available to the people who are willing to look for them. Someone that has experienced many opportunities in his life and still continues to learn new things about himself and for himself is none other than Dr. Thomas Stultz.
Dr. Stultz has had the drive to become everything from a Specification Writer for an Engineering company to having a management career with IBM to being an online educational facilitator.
Dr. Stultz attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1964-67.
“I started wanting to pursue being a High School Math teacher but left BGSU, and started a job in 1968 as a Specification Writer for an Engineering company,” said Stultz.
Stultz then attended the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona from 1985-87 to pursue a Business Management degree and a Master degree in Human Relations & Organizational Behavior.
After completing his Masters, he went to California Coast University in Santa Ana, California and completed a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration; majoring in Finance.
“From 1968 to 1975, I had a ‘technical’ job for several companies. I was a computer programmer and acquired a ‘programming certificate’ (not a full degree) during this period. Then, after seven years, I changed to a management career of ‘installing computer systems’ with IBM, and progressed through their management career path, and as team leader, supervisor, level 1 manager, Project Manager to a Project Executive in 20 plus years, and retired from IBM in 1999,” said Stultz.
As of today, the starting pay for a Computer Programmer is $80,178 per year. The salary for a typical IBM Project Executive is $140,933. The starting salary range for this position with IBM is from $90,000 - $205,800.
While working as Project Executive for IBM, Dr. Stultz managed four to six projects of IBM's major companies: Visa USA, American Express, and Blue Cross of USA.
After being with the International Business Machines Corporation - an American multinational information technology company with operations in over 170 countries - Dr. Stultz went back to his original dream of becoming a high school math teacher.
“I finally returned to my ‘first goal’ of wanting to be a high school Math teacher. I completed my teacher certification in Arizona in 2000, and taught math for Payson High School's online degree program through 2007,” said Dr. Stultz. “2007 to present, I continue to help online high school students in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.”
Dr. Stultz has come to know that he finds the betterment of today’s youth a very important aspect to protect. Despite being retired, he knows his time helping them is worthwhile.
“My dream of being a math teacher has been my greatest reward. Helping the youth of our country reach their potential has always been my passion. So, my dreams were realized, just 30+ years after an enjoyable business career with IBM,” said Stultz.