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Juggling act

Working students balance duties

USPS Labor Economist Michael Billingsley
USPS Labor Economist Michael Billingsley

When USPS Labor Economist Michael Billingsley decided to pursue a master’s degree, he knew it wouldn’t be easy.

Billingsley, who works in Labor Relations, had to weigh juggling work, school and family.

“We think we can’t make time, but it can be done,” said Billingsley, who received his master’s in applied economics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2013.

“Having the support of my manager and vice president was key to my success and forced me to work harder than I ever thought possible,” he said.

The typical graduate student works while managing family demands, according to a recent Washington Post article that features Billingsley.

Benefits of higher education include career advancement potential and enhanced skills to apply at work.

For employees hesitant to take the plunge, Billingsley offers this advice: “Don’t be afraid to go for it. We are fortunate to work under a chief human resources officer who values employee development.”

The Career Development page on Blue offers an overview of USPS professional development opportunities.

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