Megan's Journey to Become a Designer
There are so many job opportunities available to students that it can often seem difficult to choose the ‘right one.’ There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Instead, it takes an array of experiences, including internships, to help young professionals mold career paths. Consider our fellow Vandal, Megan Biggs, who is seizing new opportunities to shape her future.
Megan — a junior from Anchorage, Alaska — is earning her B.F.A. in Art and Design with an emphasis in interactive design and a minor in professional writing. She has worked in the Writing Center and, more recently, in Career Services as the graphic design and marketing intern.
During her time in Career Services, Megan enhanced her marketing and communications repertoire. She was grateful for the opportunity to gain new professional skills, including learning how to format mass promotional emails and designing new event artwork. She believes that improving soft skills, like interpersonal communication, is equally important to accomplishing the mission when working in an office setting.
It is little surprise that Megan’s talent for professional writing opened doors for internships and complimented her design work. Experiences like prepping newsletters and helping others ace writing papers helped her hone her career path. She encourages others to use their strengths and skill-sets to their advantage.
When not busy at work, Megan enjoys exercising her competitive side. She was recently declared as the 2021 Farmer’s Market Art Contest Winner, is a recipient of the Mary Kirkwood Art Scholarship and has made the Dean’s List every semester. Megan enjoys applying her skills for different organizations and helping support large events. She worked with the Lionel Hampton School of Music to create music-based artwork to help promote JazzFest.
After receiving her degree, Megan plans to pursue a career path as a UX designer which spend their time finding way to make technology more accessible for everyone. Her personal calling is to make technology more accessible, especially for people with minor disabilities who struggle with technology.
“It’s crazy how accessibility is seen as an addendum instead of something baked in that they’re making,” Megan said.
She advises others to consider applying their skill sets to solving real problems, proving that Vandals can be some of the world’s best problem solvers.