Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
After graduating with my BA in history, I continued my education at UT in the School of Information and completed my master’s degree in information sciences in fall 2012. In January, I took a full-time position as a curator at the Williamson Museum. I volunteered at the Museum as an undergraduate student and gained valuable experience in the organization. This experience, combined with my BDP certification and degrees, helped prepare me for this position.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
In many ways, my BDP experience confirmed my career path and interests. I wanted to do something in the non-profit sector and combining it with my interest in history led me to consider working in museums. The BDPs gave me the opportunity to explore other non-profit organizations, as well as museums, and confirmed that this is the path I wanted to take. More than that, though, my BDP experience prepared me for my career path more than my major alone.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
Meeting people in different programs. The coursework teaches the basics about different disciplines, but through people you truly learn different approaches to learning and problem solving. Different people have different skills and learning styles, and the program allows you to meet and interact with different learners more than if you stayed within your own discipline.