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Mace & Crown | March 24, 2018

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Life After College: Strome Alumni Tell Their Stories

Jade Dixon
Contributor Writer

Graduation can be bittersweet. It feels amazing to finally be done with school, but the reality that you are now in “the real world” hits quickly. When it’s time to leave college, many students worry that they will not successfully find a job.

On March 21, the university’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, or Strome Marketers, presented an alumni panel discussion in Constant Hall. The purpose of the event was to let Strome college graduates speak to students about what life has been like since they graduated.

AMA chapter advisor and marketing professor, Michelle Carpenter, expressed delight in her former students who took time out of their busy schedules to help students network and prepare what is to come after they walk across the stage.

Alumni discussed the ups and downs of life as a graduate and what it is like being in “the real world.” Guests included Chris Jenkins, Victorian Diersen Zivic, Emmyrose Khan, Chelsea Davenport, Samantha Kleintank and Kassandra Kidman, all recent graduates spanning from 2012 to 2016.

Carpenter introduced each participant and let them briefly speak about the challenges they have experienced and learned. She then began the discussion with the question on most students minds.

“What advice would you give students who are about to graduate?” Carpenter asked.

“Be open to new opportunities. I did not think I would like the job I have currently, but now I love what I do,” Zivic said.

Zivic started her life as a graduate with a position at a company her family runs. She slowly realized that it was not the job she truly wanted and decided to look elsewhere. She landed a job at Merrill Lynch a month later, after running into one of their representatives at a social event.

Davenport had a similar experience, leaving a job that was not suited for her and later ending up at a job she knew little about.

“While I was working at ODU Athletics, I was also working at YMCA working with teenagers and raging hormones were not fun at all. I quit and was unemployed for four months. I applied to any job that looked interesting, mainly on LinkedIn and Indeed, and came across a marketing position, which I knew little about, but I was willing to learn. Luckily, I got the job and I am happy now,” Davenport said.

Students attend these types of events to prepare for what life will be like after graduation and to get an idea of potential situations they could also face. These stories help put current students at ease so that they don’t feel obligated to accept the first job they are offered once they leave school.

To learn more about the events that the Strome Marketers hold on campus or about joining the organization, visit their Monarch Link or Facebook pages.