SKYCTC Alumni Spotlight - Brandon Judd
Brandon graduated in 2005 from the SKYCTC Radiography program. Alongside Radiography, he obtained post-primary certifications from ARRT in Computed Tomography and Cardiac-Interventional Radiography. Following his time at SKYCTC, he transferred and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in Corporate Finance, and later pursued a Master of Business Administration degree. Presently, he holds the position of Senior Manager in Marketing Operations at Philips.
Why did you choose to attend SKYCTC?
"I worked at a local hospital, TJ Samson in Glasgow, and had many friends in the Radiology department. After spending a lot of time with that group, I decided that a career in Radiology would be perfect for me. I had previously investigated going to BGTC and already knew this is where I would go to complete the program."
Who influenced you most during your time at SKYCTC (Faculty/Staff)?
"Diane Button and Lori Slaughter were/are amazing faculty during my time at BGTC. Diane and Lori were fantastic teachers and mentors, ensuring that their students were well prepared for their career. During my time at BGTC, they had high expectations out of their students, which as a young student I didn't always appreciate. In hindsight, I am so grateful for their approach as it best prepared me for my career and passing the registry exam."
What advice do you have for current students wanting to make the most of their experience at SKYCTC?
"Enjoy your time in school, seize the opportunity to learn all that you can and prepare yourself for your future. It seems like long days and difficult material in the moment, but it will just be a small piece of what sets you on the road to success for the future."
Describe your career path and explain how your education at SKYCTC helped prepare you for what you are doing today.
"After graduation, I worked in Computed Tomography at the University of Louisville's level I trauma center. It was a wonderful experience, full of excitement for a new graduate Radiology Technologist. From there, I went to the Cardiac Cath. Lab at TJ Samson in Glasgow. The cardiac cath. lab was full of excitement and learning. It was in the cath. lab where I was exposed to vendor representatives and knew that I was destined for a career in industry. After just two short years in the cath. lab, I went to work for Philips as a clinical applications specialist. In this position, I had the opportunity to travel the country teaching physicians and staff how to use their newly acquired cardiac cath. lab X-ray equipment. I am now completing my 16th year at Philips this fall. I pursued an undergraduate degree in business and a master's degree while working at Philips. I now am Senior Manager, Marketing Operations for a cardiac ultrasound product called ICE (intra-cardiac echo)."
What advice would you give current students interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
"Radiography is a wonderful career choice full of many different modalities and career paths for you to choose from. There seems to be lots of job opportunities as well."