Year Graduated: 2013
Major at Michigan: Public Policy
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I chose to study Pubic Policy because the program truly allows you to study what interests you the most; it’s a true liberal arts degree in my mind. By allowing students to take classes in subject areas other than policy, they encourage a holistic education which I think helps develop strong qualitative skills. Although not pursing a policy career, I knew that the skills learned in the Ford School of Public Policy would be applicable to any career path. Also, the small class sizes, professors with years of real-life experience, and endless class discussions really made learning fun.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
...I was part of a co-ed business and economics fraternity where I developed professionally with mentorship from older members and where I created lasting friendships. I was also an elected representative of LSA Student Government for two years where I was able to impact student-life on campus and where I grew my leadership skills. Like most students I was also a huge Michigan sports fan, attending varying varsity sports both home and away.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
The thing that stands out most is that from my first day at Amazon I was expected to be an owner. I was given a segment of Amazon’s business, explained the problems with it, and told to grow it. With the proper amount of guidance from my managers, every day is fun because I know my work is having a direct impact on the success of my business. Amazon is a company where you are expected to think big and take ownership, even as the most junior employee.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I plan to continue to grow at Amazon and network around the company. Through the Retail Undergraduate Program, Amazon encourages you to switch job roles every 12-18 months. Amazon is a great place to gain a wide breadth of experiences and grow as a young professional.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Every student needs to network and, subsequently, surround yourself by like-minded individuals. Networking is an extremely vague word, but to me it means: expanding your professional network and knowledge by means of attending corporate presentations, emailing recruiters, attending professors’ office hours, and not being afraid to put yourself out there. One great way to network (and make professionally driven friends) is by joining a student organization that embodies the characteristics you’re looking for in a career. When surrounded by like-minded individuals, you can help each other learn and grow towards attaining your career aspirations.
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