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Glenda Sims

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Senior Systems Analyst @ University of Texas at Austin

Digital Alchemist - Team Leadership, Project Management, Usability, Accessibility, Web Standards, Mobile and Museum Technology Consulting.

How I Got Here

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Undergraduate Degree(s): Management
Favorite class(es): HR Intership Class with Dr. Joe Culver
Changing majors:

I started with a BA in Psychology. I added the second major of Management because it complimented Psychology and made me more marketable.

Moving from college to career:

I started as an interviewer in Human Resources (HR). I saw an opportunity to make employees in my office more productive by automating tasks that didn't really require our brains. So, I became a computer programmer to automate my job in HR.

Career influences:

My love of people and puzzle solving led me to become a web developer.

The Ups and Downs

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Pros: Constantly changing/developing, challenging and interesting work (example: creating interactive programs for the Blanton museum).

Cons: I love my work so much (it often feels like play) that I forget to stop working. I need a little more balance.

Recommendations

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The most important thing in finding your career is evolving until you have created a job that allows you to soar and make the world a better place. Each step you take is one step closer to that place. I don't think I ever would have imagined being so incredibly satisfied being a web geek. My majors of Psychology and Management were not an obvious path to where I am today. So, no matter what your major... you can be anything you dream of being.

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