Hi My Name is April, and I Work As a Program Manager

One of the most valuable things you can do with your time is to invest in others. As an Outreach Program Manager, April Montes places a high emphasis in connecting with high school students and helping them find the resources to pay for college. As a Program Manager, April is responsible for directing four Program Specialist in order to manage a successful program. April is also a wife and new mother. 

Read below for why April chose her career and what piece of advice she would give to those looking to become a Manager. 






Hi My Name Is April, and I Work As a Program Manager

1.    How did you choose your career?

Growing up I always saw myself helping others and wanted a career in education. 

2.    In your opinion, what would you say are the top three characteristics/traits to be successful in your career?

Three traits to have in my career would be great communication skills, understanding, and maintaining relationships.

3.    What do you find most rewarding about your career?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the faces of families and students; their gratitude for all the help and information I was able to provide to make their high school to college transition more smooth. 

4.    How would you rate your income?

For my manager title, my income compensates itself. 

5.    What is your background? Did you have to go to school for what you are doing?

My position does require a higher education of a Masters in a few areas. Also, I did have to have experience working with high school and college students which I acquired in my past position as outreach manager.

6.    What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to be in your field?

If I can give any advice, it would be to be friendly, think outside the box, and think the best way you can serve students by utilizing community resources.

7.     Being a busy woman, what do you like to do on your free time?

I like spending time with my family, working out, shopping and hanging out with close friends.

8.    What do you value most in a career? Ex. Money, fun, work life balance?

What I value most in a career is the opportunity to learn more about myself, my abilities and my new interest. In addition, being able to enjoy what I do as part of who I am, not just my job. 

9.    Do you have any other goals you strive to achieve? 

Yes! I believe I will always have goals as I continue to grow in my career and my family. I would like to advance in my career as a STEM program manager and make it successful as well as travel with my family, aside from being a career mother/wife.

10.    What is the greatest lesson you have learned? What would you do differently if given a second chance?

I think about something I have learned in my career and it is to always carry yourself in the most professional way possible. As a manager, you have to be aware that staff will need your support in many different ways and you must be able to help them in order to be successful. I don't think I would do anything different, I would just learn from those experiences to improve.

11.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In ten years, I see myself still working in the Cal-State system, possibly being a director or a dean.