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On-the-Job Learning

January 2024

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Katie King

Growing up, Katie King was the party planner among her friends. “I always had a proclivity for event management,” she says. So when it came time to choose a major, she was excited to find experience design and management at BYU Marriott.

King soon learned that event planning requires a lot of online marketing, and she began looking for a job that would give her the experience she needed. She found a student job as a social media and events specialist at the Religious Studies Center, where she promotes BYU Religious Education events, highlights faculty members, and boosts the Y Religion podcast.

“The experience I am getting here will certainly help me in my career as an event manager,” she says.

Many students benefit from mentoring opportunities on campus that are sponsored by donors. And although King knew that her scholarship and many of the facilities at BYU were provided by donors, she was surprised to learn that her job is donor-funded as well. She says, “Now I realize that donors play an important part in the majority of my amazing experiences at BYU.”

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