Barbara Garavaglia, AMLS ’82, has been the director of the University of Michigan Law Library since 2011. Her Library Science degree from UMSI put the information she learned about legal research into context and taught her how to function in a library structure from an organizational and managerial perspective. She also credits the courses she took on legal research at UMSI as incredibly useful and relevant. Her advice to students and recent graduates would be to not only consider what a prospective or current employer will offer them, but to also focus on what value and skills they will bring to the place of work — and let that passion and commitment to being productive shine through.

Peter Andrews, MSI ’12, has been working as an interaction designer at Bloomberg LP in New York City since his graduation. The greatest value of his UMSI degree has been the practical work experience he received. Peter was a research assistant and worked with several Ann Arbor start-ups during his time at U-M and would recommend this type of involvement to other UMSI students and recent graduates because this entrepreneurial spirit still helps him in his position today.

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