A career in a management position takes preparation and time to achieve. And not only is networking, leadership and knowing your brand important, but a good education will teach you those essential skills to be successful at any job. Education is the most important investment for any aspiring professional.

(Photo Courtesy of Matt Cabrey)

(Photo Courtesy of Matt Cabrey)

Philadelphia’s Matthew Cabrey, the head of Global Community Partnerships & Corporate Affairs at Shire Pharmaceuticals, attributes his education to his success in connecting with people and delivering results for his employer.

What does your current job involve?

“I am an innovative and inspiring leader who maximizes communications and collaborations to achieve results. I lead global corporate affairs and community partnerships for Shire, a specialty biopharmaceutical company.”

Where did you attend college?

“I graduated from Penn State University, earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in sociology. I completed an education abroad program through Penn State at the University of Manchester in England.”

Can you tell us a little about your management experience?

“I have managed teams of four to 40 people with budgets of $10,000 to $2 million. Leading teams to develop a vision for success and implement a strategy to achieve outcomes is one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of my career. The keys to my management success include listening, inspiring, empowering and treating others the way I’d like to be treated.”

How important has education been in your career?

“While I did not recognize it at the time, my educational experiences provided me with the basic groundwork for connecting with others in meaningful ways, and developing my communications skills that allow me to excel personally and professionally. Regardless of a person’s role or industry, they must be an exceptional communicator in order to deliver results with the most positive impact.”

Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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