Former Continuing Ed student Robin Avni cited our software training as a key driver in her career transition from print designer to digital media strategist. “All along the way, that initial education helped me become technically proficient. It made me fearless about learning other technologies,” Robin said.
While working as an award-winning art director for the Seattle Times Sunday magazine in the early ‘90s, Robin developed an intense interest in online journalism. “I felt that was the future,” Robin explained. “I was looking to educate myself, and I came here and took two courses that helped me get my job at Microsoft at a very key time.”
After joining Microsoft in 1995, Robin helped launch MSN News, which eventually merged to become MSNBC. But once MSNBC became a separate entity, Robin decided to stay with Microsoft to understand the technology user’s experience. “I was always managing design and usability teams,” Robin noted.
Robin’s work at Microsoft helped her take the next step in her career: doing consumer research for Fortune 500 clients. Now, as a digital content strategist, she consults for firms such as Microsoft by blending her expertise in consumer research, design, and journalism with her user experience focus to help clients move their audiences to action.
What’s more, she’s earning her master’s degree in communications and digital media by researching how photographs are used to communicate on social media networks. “Lifelong learning is the key to having an interesting life,” Robin explained.