College to Career

Curious about what happens after graduating with your degree? You can spend time googling career options but we think it might be easier if you browse through what remarkable things our alumni are up to.

These recent graduates are #goals and have some advice to share with you! Learn about their transition from college to a career, what their daily work life looks like and how they set themselves apart from the competition.

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Meet Josh Dillinger, '17

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Monument Valley High School Art Teacher, Kayenta Unified School District
K-12 Art Education

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I teach drawing, painting and ceramics to students in 9th-12th grade.

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

The education program gave me training in new and upcoming practices in education, so while my veteran coworkers are just learning the new ways I already have them down. My student teaching with District 51 gave me experience with programs that many other schools use, which meant that I was knowledgeable, and did not have to make up ground learning new software on top of everything else.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position?

It has taken some adjusting, going from a college schedule to a full-time job schedule is not easy, but ultimately it has been a smooth transition. Post-grad life is tricky, all of the real-world things you have to do can seem to just pile up. But thankfully I was well prepared for my career, so while I am learning a lot about the art of adulting, I am confident in my ability to do my job which meant one less thing I needed to learn.

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What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

The variety of training I had in all mediums and my willingness to get AP certified made me valuable since here at MVHS I have to teach all the art courses. I also was valuable to a small high school because I had great experience with student activities (such as clubs and organizations) and a background with college recruiting — all of which I developed during my time as a Mav. 

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

Go to class, take every opportunity you can and enjoy it because it goes way too fast!


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