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Gus Paiva: Back to College for Career Success

Ensign College is not just a place for young students; it is also a hub for adult learners looking to enhance their skills and pivot their careers. Gus Paiva, a digital marketing student, is one of many adults who have advanced their careers at Ensign College.

Gus, originally from Brazil, has always been entrepreneurial at heart. He has built and managed small businesses in Brazil and here in Utah, with a blend of instinct and the knowledge gained from his bachelor's degree in business, which he earned 20 years ago. However, the rapid evolution of technology and the onset of the digital age have transformed business operations. Gus decided to go back to school to learn digital marketing skills and social media practices that would allow him to stay competitive.

He said, "I thought it would be a good way for me to connect with digital skills, and then that's happening. I've put together some things I never imagined I could have done in the past." Gus's decision to pursue digital marketing was driven by a desire to adapt to the changing landscape of business and communication.

Despite being older than the typical college student, Gus always felt in the right place at Ensign College. “The teachers are amazing,” he said. “They're always helpful and willing to help. I think they are even excited to have someone with a little bit more experience in their class. I think the classmates feel the same. They are all open to work with me on assignments and in work groups, and I think they are excited to have to have to have someone with more experience that they can share. It's been great to be able to engage with this young group, and I even feel like I am a 25-year-old kid sometimes.”

Ensign College provided Gus with the perfect platform to achieve his goals. With a curriculum designed to equip students with practical skills, Gus found himself immersed in hands-on learning experiences that mirrored real-world scenarios: "In my website management class, I could put together a website, which was completely out of my skill set three years ago. And learning how to deal with social media marketing has also been great. It is something new for me." Leveraging social media platforms and digital tools in his studies empowered Gus to apply these newfound skills directly to his business endeavors. Ensign College offers tailored programs and resources to support your aspirations.

As Gus prepares to graduate, he is confident in navigating the complexities of the digital marketing landscape. "I've already had an established career, and I decided to go back to college to develop skills more related to the world today," he declared proudly.

Gus Paiva's story serves as a testament to the transformative impact of education, particularly for mature students seeking to stay relevant in their careers. Through dedication, perseverance, and the support of Ensign College, Gus has embraced the opportunities of the digital age. He is ready to embark on a new chapter of success.

Are you ready to upgrade your career? Contact our admissions team to find out how you can get the skills you need in a way that works for you and doesn't break the bank!

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