We caught up with UTA Fort Worth alumnus, Alexis Goggans, who graduated in 2012 with a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies – Sustainability. Since graduating, Ms. Goggans has taken her career to Washington D.C., where she has worked for organizations such as American Rivers, Justice & Sustainability Associates, and the Department of Energy and Environment. During our recent interview with Alexis, we talked about her time at UTA Fort Worth and how her graduate degree has helped her get to where she is today.
Why did you decide to pursue your graduate degree at UTA Fort Worth?
“When I applied for the graduate program at UTA Fort Worth, I was struggling to find passion and purpose in my current career as a technology sales representative. I knew after completing my undergraduate degree several years prior, that I wanted to get some professional experience before obtaining my master’s. Sustainability was something I fell in love with all those years ago and I was able to take some coursework, but I couldn’t pursue a degree because it was not recognized as a formal field of study at my university. So, years later, when I saw that UTA Fort Worth offered a new M.S. in Sustainability degree, I immediately applied. It was the closest sustainability program by far, and the evening and weekend class schedule allowed me to continue working full-time, while I earned my degree.”
How has earning your degree impacted your career and marketability?
“Obtaining my M.S. in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies has helped advance my career tremendously. Apart from positioning me as a competitive candidate for more experienced, higher paying government and non-profit positions, the interdisciplinary scope gave me the experience I needed to navigate a variety of sustainability-related professions including urban planning, green building policy, and data management. In addition to my studies, several of the projects and certifications I completed while earning my degree beefed up my resume and gave me the opportunity to explore other areas of interest.”
What benefits or value did you get from the cohort delivery model?
“One of the benefits of the program was working with instructors who were also sustainability practitioners. Their guidance and insight definitely helped in applying what we were learning to the real world. Similarly, the onsite tours provided me with examples of how my degree could translate post-graduation. By and large, working with these practitioners and getting more hands-on experience with my capstone project, gave me the confidence and exposure I needed to succeed in a professional setting.”