If ever there was a textbook case for the transformative power of education, Judit Totth is living it. Arriving nearly 11 years ago in Boston from her native Budapest with an undergraduate degree in physical therapy, Judit settled in as a rehabilitation coordinator at Mount Auburn Hospital. But her feeling of "burn out" after three years led her to a job as an executive coordinator of banquets and other services at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. When she took a position as an administrative assistant three years ago at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Boston, her transformation began in earnest.
"What was missing in my life was a sense of mission," she said.
To bolster her professional standing at HHMI, Judit enrolled at Emmanuel College to earn her Certificate in Research Administration, which she completed in August 2013, and she is now on track to complete her Master of Science in Management with a specialization in research administration in 2014. Her work at HHMI and her education at Emmanuel were perfectly fused.
"It is amazing how much I learned during my first year in the program and how much I was bringing back to my job," Judit said. "I am in conversations about biomedical policy and regulations with senior level researchers and they take me seriously. I understand the whole process and now I feel like it prepared me for my next step."
She is also back on her life mission, which is to increase her role and influence in biomedical research that could lead to a cure for a debilitating or deadly disease. The Certificate Program also opened doors that were unavailable to her before, and Judit took on a role as a Grant Specialist within Research Administration at Boston Children's Hospital in the fall of 2013.