Anna Reseigh ‘84 graduated from General Motors Institute with a degree in Industrial Administration. During her time at GMI, she was given the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, exposing her to many parts of business, as well as people of different management styles and backgrounds.
“Upon graduation, I was truly prepared to enter the workforce and be immediately productive, thanks to all the experiences I had during co-op,” she said.
Anna found the academics to be the most difficult part of her GMI experience. They were extremely challenging. She worked hard and felt overwhelmed at times.
However, she “grew to appreciate [theacademics] because my experiences that followed all seemed to be easier - future degrees, jobs, even parenthood.”
After leaving GMI, she worked for General Motors and other automotive suppliers within the quality field. At the same time, she began teaching college courses in the field of quality. She decided to transition to teaching, adding other course content including workforce development. About 10 years ago, she returned to the field of quality, but in healthcare instead of automotive.
“I love the challenge of improving processes as we do in the field of quality, and I love working with students to help them gain the knowledge for a successful career,” she said.
Her GMI education, both school and co-op, gave her the tools to be successful in healthcare even though it is very different from automotive. The knowledge from another industry has given her insight and vision into solutions for healthcare issues that others are not able to see.
“The differences are too many to detail,” Anna said, “but how to work with people, how to improve processes, how to run a business, etc. is basically the same.”
Her advice for current students is “to find the jobs/assignments within your degree that you enjoy, because then you will always be excited about what you do. This may take multiple tries to find but keep looking. And over time, what you like to do may change. So go ahead and make a change—get a new job, new certification, new degree. Keep it fresh and exciting.”.
Also, “Having a wide network both within and outside your place of employment provides you with resources when you are trying to solve a problem, develop a new process, or anything you are trying to do,” she stated.
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