Year Graduated: 2010
Major at Michigan: Economics and Organizational Studies
Share the story of why you chose your major.
Coming into college I (like many others) didn’t have a particular career I wanted to pursue. Ultimately I decided that a background in business would allow me to keep my options open and my goal was to blend quantitative studies with a strong theory based understanding. I learned of the Organizational Studies Program through a friend and it offered a great opportunity to tailor my focus areas as my interests progressed. That program coupled with an Economics degree really gave me the foundation I was looking for.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
...As an undergraduate I was heavily involved in IM Sports, Greek life and I even participated in the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. My real passion, however, was Saturday morning football!
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
I met Meltwater Group at the Winter Career Expo, and after getting to know more about the company during the interview process, I accepted a job offer. The most exciting memory early on in my career was one of my first clients meetings, where I had the unique opportunity to meet with the executive staff of a large, Fortune 500 company. Interacting with individuals 20 years my senior was certainly nerve-racking at first, but the amount of respect they had for my consultation and industry experience was truly rewarding and to some degree empowering. It was experiences like this that motivated me to continue investing in myself to further my career and step outside of my comfort zone.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
In the near future I plan to continue down my current career track at Meltwater and take on more responsibility as a member of the management team. Learning the foundations of business here in the US has also ignited a passion for international business understanding, so ultimately I’d love to pursue opportunities abroad, perhaps in Europe or Asia. What really excites me is the rapid-growth and changing environment of the tech-space so I’m certain that this is the industry in which I’d like to remain.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone! Be it in attending a career fair for the first time, or taking on more responsibility at work, or even taking on more responsibility in something recreational. The most rewarding work experience will come from the opportunities in which you step outside of your comfort zone and test your limits. This is the only way to develop both personally and professionally. I have tried to take any opportunity to do so myself, and have had the fortune to work in Chicago, New York, and now San Francisco through the opportunities I accepted at Meltwater.
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