A&DD Alumni profile: KATHLEEN O’BRIEN

Kathleen O’Brien, Advertising & Digital Design BFA class of 2019, is a committed, responsible, ambitious, talented, and outgoing designer. While at FIT, she served as the President of the A&DD Student Club. Upon graduation, Kathleen was hired as a Visual Designer at IBM CIO Design creating design and communication solutions for over 350,000 people working at IBM globally.

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Why you enjoy doing what you are doing now?

In my role as a visual designer at IBM CIO Design I get to work on a variety of projects from digital product design to branding and sometimes even print. I love that the work we do is to improve the daily lives of our users, the 350,000+ employees of IBM.

What you have learned at FIT that have helped you get your career started?

I’ve learned how to be a T-shaped creative in the A&DD BFA program. I’ve learned a variety of skills and was able to hone in on my favorite: digital product design. It’s made me well rounded and helped me understand the roles of others on my team.

What’s the one advise that you would give to students pursuing a career in advertising and digital design?

Be brave. Believe in your skills and talents and take risks.