Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alumna Spotlight: Former CWBS President!

Beth Malin 
Columbia College '11
Majored in Sociology

Current Position: Administrative Assistant in Automotive and Financial Ad Sales at Google

What advice would you give current CU students in regards to career choices?  Explore as many options as possible. Even if you think you're set on going into a certain field, don't let that stop you from trying out internships in other fields or at least networking with people in other fields! It may sound cliche, but networking is one of the BEST things you can do, never underestimate how valuable it will be! And always keep in touch with people you meet and network with, you never know when a simple thank you follow up email might lead to an internship or important contact later on! Another easy way to stay connected and keep track of your network is to connect with everyone you meet on LinkedIn.   

 What clubs or organizations were you involved with while at Columbia University?  CWBS from Freshman to Junior year, held the following positions: Career and Academic Co-Chair, Marketing Director, President; Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, served as Vice President of Recruitment for 2 years; Columbia College Women Executive Board Student Liaison; Columbia College Class of 2011 Senior Fund Vice Chair; Lunar Gala Fashion Show producer for 2 years.

Where and when did you intern?  
Freshman year summer: Mount Sinai Hospital Marketing Department and Energy Up Health and Wellness Non-Profit  
Sophomore year summer: United Entertainment Group, a celebrity and brand marketing company, daughter company of United Talent Agency in LA  
Junior Year Summer: NBC Universal, Digital Ad Sales, Pure Play Division

 Did your major/career goals change from when your were a first year to when you graduated? How so?  Yes! Before joining CWBS and learning about all different fields of business, I was under the impression I had to go into finance if I wanted to go into business because that's what everyone seemed to be doing.  It also seemed like there was pressure to gravitate towards finance because of salary and the prestige finance roles seemed to exude.  However, once I did some networking, took an econ class, attended a number of CWBS finance events and learned more about the industry, I quickly realized it was not right for me, which led me to explore further.  Then as people always say, you really need to weed out some things you think you're interested in to figure out what you really want to do, again very cliche but 100% true and that was pretty much what I did until I ended up at Google.  Although I don't know specifically where my career is headed, I know I'm learning a ton, enjoying everyday of work and figuring out day by day what I'm really interested in pursuing further!

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