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  • Kari Yu

From Classroom To Boardroom


Moderator: Chloe Larson, Events co-chair

Panelists: (Left to Right)

Catherine Reid (Serino Coyne)

Adrea Rubin (Adrea Rubin Marketing)

Heather Ragone (STV Construction Inc.)

Grace Zoleta (Serino Coyne)

Nashrah Ahmed (The Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Ever wondered if what you’ve learned in college fares well with what goes on in the executive business world? How would you be able to integrate college education in real life? VP of Events Desiree Sacco coordinated with panelists on the executive level, ranging from the Federal Reserve to the CEO of her own company! (Adrea Rubin Media Co.)

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve learned from each of the Panelists.

First: Planning

Planning is a very important skill in anything that you do. As a student, staying organized, mapping out a path a project has to take, and making a timeline is something that you do for school. It’s no different in the workplace. We must always prepare for something. Planning takes practice to perfect, but we all must do this to become efficient WIB!

Second: Tenacity

Don’t let things get in your way. Anything can discourage you on your path to your end goal. While it’s easy to be discouraged, keep on fighting! Nobody is going to do the work for you, so you have to personally keep getting back on your feet to do the things you want to do. If you can become tenacious in that way, you will feel so much more accomplished and proud of yourself.

Third: Work Life Balance can be variable

Whether or not you are the CEO or marketing assistant, you are in control of your own life. It is up to you to determine how much you put into your work. The industry is always ever changing, so the skill requirement you need right now might totally change 5 years later. Nashra Ahmed suggests to always keep a flexible open mind in order to be able to continue learning and gain more skills!

Fourth: In your career, don’t look for an answer. Look for all the answers.

Looking at all the answers allow for you to think outside of the box and come up with a solution (by this, I also mean end goal.) At the beginning of her career, Catherine Reid had a job as an auditor for NBC. But she left NBC because the “Numbers were really big, but the role was really small.” All of the journal entries she put in were the same, and the job was going nowhere, so she switched. She is now the CFO of Serino Coyne because of her decision to broaden her horizon. You have to find out what you enjoy most to specify what kind of role you can take on in the pursuit of your dream job.

Fifth: Work hard. Make success come for you

You have to make sure that people recognize you’re above and beyond. Make sure that you are performing at your peak. Don't work repetitively just because you need to move forward. If you realize that you’ve been doing the same unfulfilling job for 2 years, it’s time to move on!

Overall, this event was very insightful, and a great reminder that we can all be great people. We control our lives, so let’s live it up! Find your passion. Never stop working towards your passion, always achieve your end goals, and find even more goals to replace them! Always move forward, and see to it that you’ve created your success.

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