What was your favorite experience while concentrating in the UM Psychology Department?
Learning about the various aspects of the human brain.
Favorite Psychology class & why
At the time, it was called Abnormal Psychology. Books like the "Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Coat Rack and Other Clinical Tales" are fascinating to me because I learned how different parts of the brain can affect how people see the world around them.
What was your first step after undergraduate graduation & how did it impact your career path?
I remained in the area working on websites for various groups at the University of Michigan. In September 2000, I started my first full time job at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
What are you doing today?
I currently work at NCMS, In recent times I have taken on more of a web and systems administrative role. I'm also in the mist of revamping my own web development/technology instruction business. Earlier this year, I finished my Master's degree in Educational Technology (February), and got married (June)!
What inspired you to enter that field/job/profession?
While at Michigan, I participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity program (UROP). One of my work-study jobs involved developing websites. My interest for web development grew from there, as I developed websites for the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) and took over as webmaster for the UROP program itself.
How do you use your psychology undergraduate experience in your work?
Often times, I put my research and survey creation skills, and my knowledge of human behavior to work to help create a tailored-made IT solutions. Sometimes, you literally have to know what they are thinking. Not only do you need to know about the technology, but also about the people who use the technology.
What excites you most about the future of your profession?
That there will always be websites, technology, and people that need help using them.
What advice do you have for students getting a Degree in the UM Psychology Department or considering your profession?
Keep learning, not just with more degrees and certifications, but keep an eye and ear to the world around you. Keep the books and the notes, especially from the research labs. The information you'll learn in the research classes/labs is useful outside of the classroom, especially if you intend on earning a Masters' degree.