What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I was employed by a nonprofit that lacked the budget for a marketing department. In addition to my many other responsibilities, I was tasked with handling all their branding and marketing needs. Although branding and marketing weren’t the primary duties of my position, I enjoyed them most. I realized that I could spend hours on end designing, not because I had to, but because I loved to. I’ve always wanted a career that I was passionate about and after assessing the various duties of my job, I knew design was the right decision for me.

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

I have learned how important it is for you not to only accept critiques of your work, but to request it from a variety of individuals. I like that our courses offer the opportunity for us to get feedback from our instructors and classmates. However, I think it’s also important to request feedback from our family and friends who may or may not specialize in our field. Family and friends in the design field can offer real world critiques from a non-classroom perspective whereas others can represent the consumer’s untrained eye as it’s our job to make sure that what we create appeals to them.

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

Currently, I am a full-time graduate student focusing on building an impressive portfolio. However, in my available time, I am busy searching and applying for internships or any opportunities that will give me more experience in the design field, so wish me luck!

What are your career aspirations?

When I applied to this program, I was sure that I wanted to be a Digital Marketing Strategist. After successfully completing my first semester, I’m beginning to learn that each course will teach me amazingly different, yet valuable skills and there’s no way I’m going to limit my career path this early on. I would love to learn all that I can and get a few internships under my belt within the duration of this program before I choose to pinpoint my path.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I won’t go into detail, but I will say that all the post-undergrad planning doesn’t always go as planned. Despite those obstacles, I am proud to have applied and been accepted to pursue a Master’s degree with my alma mater in a field that I am both passionate and excited about and that has me even more excited for the future.

Youri Wims

Youri Wims

Class of Dec ’18

Gainesville, FL

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