E-learning entrepreneur and Plan II alumnus Bjorn Billhardt will meet with a small group of Undergraduate Studies students to chat about careers, choosing a major, and how choices made in undergraduate careers can affect life after college. As the young founder and CEO of Enspire, a company that creates custom simulations and game-based learning, Billhardt can offer new perspectives to students. The talk is part of the Magellan’s Circles series, which gives UGS students opportunities to talk with successful professionals about paths through college and to eventual careers.
Billhardt is an authority in the field of e-learning and simulation design, and has been a speaker at conferences such as Training, ASTD, and ISPI. Bjorn previously worked as a consultant and corporate trainer for BAAN, a Dutch software company, and conducted training classes in Europe and the US. Bjorn also worked for McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. A native of Hamburg, Germany, he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual BA/BBA from the University of Texas, where he is an alumnus of the Plan II and the Business Honors Program.
Magellan’s Circles provide an open forum for students to ask questions and gain insight into a variety of paths to career options. Up to twenty students will participate in each round-table discussion, each with a speaker handpicked by Dean Woodruff. One past participant reflected that he “really enjoyed the casual environment in which I could just sit down with someone who is extremely successful and ask him real questions that have been bothering me.”
Past questions by participants include:
- I think I’m interested in working in a certain career field, but I don’t really know what that would look like as a specific, day-to-day job.
- I don’t know what real employers look for when hiring college graduates.
- My advisor says I don’t need a specific undergraduate major to get a job in most career fields…but I’m not sure if I believe it.
The final speaker this semester will be Lee Walker, “serial entrepreneur” and former Dell president, on April 5. Please RSVP. for all events. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please email us.