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Dustin Malcolm

Resource Assistant, Walt Disney Entertainment

Dustin Malcolm
Class of 2005 | Major: Management and Theatre
Where are you now and what are you doing?

After graduating from Eckerd in 2005, I moved just up the road to Orlando. I currently work for Walt Disney Entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort. I have worked with Disney in several different roles since I graduated from Eckerd, but currently I am a Resource Assistant.

Some of the other roles I have performed include: Performer with Walt Disney Entertainment, Guest Talent Coordinator with Magic Music Days, Employment Coordinator with Casting, and Facilitator with Operations Learning & Development.

What does your job entail and how has your Eckerd experience impacted your career?

As a Resource Assistant, I spend most of my time assisting our leaders develop their career paths. I also support our Operations Learning & Development Department with management training programs and identifying future leaders and managers for the company. A lot of my role is problem solving and directing others to the right place.

Eckerd allowed me to focus on two things that I love - entertaining and working with people. My Eckerd career allowed me to develop problem solving skills, creative thinking, and being a great resource. I also learned from my professors the essentials that not only make me a great employee but also the essentials to make me a great person.

What opportunities have you had because of your Eckerd education and how have they impacted your life?

Perhaps the most amazing opportunity I had at Eckerd was the ability to travel the world. I spent time in Scotland, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Antarctica. These trips all had very different reasons for happening and all helped me grow in different ways. I know that these opportunities could never have been as impactful in a traditional classroom and that makes them so much more valuable to me.

Even after graduating from Eckerd, I still continue to travel and learn about the world. I recently went to Africa to visit a friend in the Peace Corps. The trip also completes my 7 continent tour that started as a student at Eckerd.

Describe some of the people who had a profound impact on your Eckerd experience.

There isn't a single person at Eckerd that didn't make an impact on my life and Eckerd experience. Every faculty and staff member at Eckerd is so committed to student life, growth and development. The biggest advantage that I notice about having gone to Eckerd was the mentoring program. Until I graduated, I never realized how important my mentors were to me at Eckerd. Officially, I had one mentor in each major, but I know that I had several mentors across the campus that helped me grow and still do to this day.

Is there a core Eckerd value you see in all graduates?

I would say that Eckerd graduates really have a core value of responsibility. We realize that we have a responsibility to many things - ourselves, our friends, our families, our communities, our government. Eckerd graduates realize that the world won't change itself and that we need to make a difference!

Why did you choose Eckerd? What advice would you give students who are considering Eckerd?

I chose Eckerd because I knew that I could explore many career and learning opportunities without having to commit to one subject area. Before arriving at Eckerd, I had an idea of what I wanted to study but I hadn't made any definite choices. The curriculum allowed me to take courses in about 8 different areas before I chose a major. I also knew that outside of the classroom I would have opportunities that could be found nowhere else. From Autumn Term to Winter Term, service learning opportunities to campus activities, Eckerd offers an amazing array of opportunities!

When considering Eckerd, don't spend hours thinking about what your major is going to be. Think about what Eckerd has to offer - amazing experiences that allow you to grow as a person! At 18, I don't think that anybody truly knows what they want to be when they "grow up."

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