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Dawn Briggs

You need to make sacrifices to get ahead. It will all be worth it in the end.

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I always answered that I wanted to be either an actor or an artist. I am now one of the two....I am a designer.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Working for a very small design firm (1-2 people) in the suburbs made me realize that I wanted to work for a large firm in Boston. From working there, I decided to make a drastic change, and move closer to Boston and work for Bain & Company, a global firm,in their marketing dept. Bain & Company allowed me to go part time for a few years, and go back to school for my masters while still maintaining my job.

How did you get your big breaks?

Meeting the right people along the way, and being in the right place at the right time.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

You need to make sacrifices to get ahead. It will all be worth it in the end.

What have you learned from your experience?

I worked for free the first year after school, and this actually opened up numerous opportunities for me. From this, I learned that if you have patience and can deal with some of the frustrations (money/respect/etc.) up front, you can benefit immensely from it later.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I like that my company is open to new ideas. I just recently requested to go down to a 4 day work week, and they were fine with that. I like working for a company that has great benefits, and is open to different ways of doing things.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

10 Absolutely Essential

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

To be happy on a day to day basis, and to have my career completely aligned with my personal values. I want to be doing design, but the type of design I am passionate about. I also want to be giving back to society in some way through my career/design background.

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