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Michelle Poehlmann

Michelle Poehlmann
Major:
International Business, Spanish
Graduation Year:
Fall 2012
BDP Certificate:
Children & Society
“I learned that having broad experiences outside your field of study develops you as a person, in addition to developing your career.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After graduation I began working at Dell as a replenishment planner for consumer laptops. I moved into the Supply Chain Development Program while at Dell, and rotated into a procurement job managing the learning and development category. In January 2015, I began working at VMware performing a similar role with their global strategic sourcing group.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

Although the track I choose is largely unrelated to my career path, the experiences and opportunities I had during the program helped me tremendously in deciding on my career.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

I valued the internship experience most. This actually helped me to understand that I did not want to go into speech language pathology, but rather choose the business path.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

I learned that having broad experiences outside your field of study develops you as a person, in addition to developing your career. I use the tools I learned in my BDP through volunteer work – speaking Spanish and tutoring children. I know I am a more well rounded person because of my BDP experience.