Class Year/Year of Graduation:  Senior/2013

Major/Graduate Program: Communication Arts; Electronic Media

Newly hired as (position, company): Watch Emerging Leaders Program, Nielsen; New York City, NY

Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired? I actually heard about this rotational program from an old club supervisor in high school. I was on the board of one of the student organizations she oversaw for about 2 years, so we got to know each other well and stayed in touch after I left for college. Shortly after, she switched roles and became a campus recruiter for Nielsen. Because she knew my passions and interests well, she brought this program to my attention and passed my information along to the program manager in New York.

She was able to give the program manager a recommendation of my work and passions, which really helped move the process along. I know that without her push for me, I probably wouldn't have made it as far along in the process. That just shows that you never know how people can help you - even years down the road - and also how investing in maintaining relationships within your network can really pay off.

How did Xavier Career Services help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?  The Career Development Office played a critical role in helping me obtain this position. Without their help and services, I would have had a much more difficult time navigating the hiring process. I think back to when I was a freshman at Xavier and just how little I felt like I knew about my professional interests and goals, interviewing, selling myself, professional correspondence, etc. Over my four years at Xavier, I utilized the Career Development Office's services, and they helped me to grow substantially in each one of these areas. I was even able to develop lasting relationships with the staff, which allowed me to be more open and comfortable with my professional growth in these areas.

In my internship and job search in college, there were times that I felt really frustrated and disappointed - like if I wasn't selected for a position or botched an interview - but I know that all these experiences coupled with the CDO's support (meetings with career counselors, attending programs they offered, and utilizing other resources) helped me to take little yet impactful steps and experience tremendous professional and personal growth during my time at Xavier. 

Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?  Don't get discouraged if things don't initially pan out exactly how you want them to. Every experience you have is helping you grow professionally - from an interview that might not have gone as well as you would've liked to an internship that might not be exactly in your area of interest. With patience and persistence, it will all pay off in the end - and it might even be a couple years down the road. Have fun with your professional development and career exploration! 

Don't put too much pressure on yourself, either. You don't have to have it all figured out right now or be an expert at anything. Use your time in college to try new things and to get to know your passions and goals. And finally, continue to network and maintain relationships with contacts because you truly never know how they will help you down the road. Best of luck in the job and internship search