What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I received my undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. I knew I loved the field of communications, but I realized I wanted something more specific to drive my career. The WDOC program allowed me to continue working and building my professional experience while receiving quality education in a more concentrated and elevating skillset.

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

The quality level of communication you offer in any professional role will make or break your career. If I want to pave the way for a successful career, I have to learn to communicate clearly and effectively no matter the project at hand. Digital communication is crucial in these developing times, and for someone who loves face-to-face interactions, I was taught how to create that same sense of connection and understanding even through digital contact.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

CSS. I began working as a Web Designer in my second-to-last semester in the program. They hired me because of my wide range of skills in web design and communications, but I find myself creating/editing stylesheets more so than anything else in my job.

What are your career aspirations?

I plan to work most of my life, but that being said I don’t necessarily know what I’ll always be doing. I enjoy working, and I enjoy meeting, connecting and collaborating with individuals for work. I hope to keep using my Web communications Degree to continue a career in connecting with people who need branding, design, development work done. I want to always be known as a personable, smart, modern and respectable individual in my work and my personal life.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve kept a full time job while earning my Master’s degree. It’s shown me I have the self-motivation to work hard and diligently at whatever I put my mind to.

Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald

Class of December ’16

Birmingham, AL

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