Despite already having plenty of business experience and a family to take up most of her time, Nicole Thurgood decides to go back to school at BYU-I to continue her education. Why? Because she believes strongly in the value of life-long learning and wants to continue enriching her life with education.
IDS Core Skills: Interdisciplinary Communication
“The moment it changed was when I stopped thinking ‘What do I want to do,’ and I started to think ‘What do I do well that can be a service or a gift to others.’” Abram Rice tells the story of how he found his calling in life and how Interdisciplinary Studies helped him.
“Interdisciplinarians develop a functional awareness of the many parts involved in complex problems,” said Kevin Brower, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies. “They seek to gain a more complete understanding of the issues and facilitate the integration of ideas from a broad spectrum of experience and expertise.”
Sister Wener, BYU-Idaho’s career preparation manager, shares some strategies for preparation including 8 steps to follow for setting up informational interviews as well as an approach to planning the right questions to ask.
This article takes an in depth look at the first of four core IDS skills taught to IDS students; Integrate Multiple Perspectives. Learn from members of the IDS council about this skill and it's significance in becoming an interdisciplinarian.
"[Interdisciplinary Studies] is a customizable degree on campus [that provides] a path towards a specific dream."
Customizing your degree to fit the career you want will help you develop a variety of skills, you’ll learn how to think critically and creatively, and you’ll be more open to new and diverse learning opportunities.