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What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I work in the business development department at Bonsai, a custom turnkey company in the aerial adventure course industry. My job tasks include working closely with the CEO and the general manager to engage with current clients and strive to develop new relationships within industries looking to bring an innovate and exciting activity to their guests.

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career? 

By being an active student at CMU, I learned time management, the value of networking and, most importantly, skills that have helped me build a foundation to start an exciting career in the outdoor recreation industry.

What was your transition like from being a student to your career position? 

My transition was easier because I actively job hunted before graduation, which was key. I learned short-term achievement was more important when I attended CMU, for example grades and test scores. However, in the full-time position, I have learned to stay motivated completing small tasks that help accomplish the long-term goal. 

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

During my freshman year, I thought about what it would take to obtain a full-time position after graduation. I worked hard in different jobs, strived to get great grades and took advantage of every opportunity to learn and volunteer. Because I am detail-oriented, I created a well-rounded resume to not only find a job but a career that I would be passionate about.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

To help incoming college students succeed, I advise them to continually work hard and network. I wouldn’t be in this position without perseverance throughout my college years.

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Published 2/21/2018