Career and education collide in many different ways. In this column, we interview real-life individuals to understand how their career path and education worked together to get to where they are today. From the non-traditional dreamers to the ivy league students, we get to the heart of how your career dreams may or may not be directly influenced by your educational choices.
First Name: Maju
Job Title: Business Development Manager
Years in Industry: 6
Location: New York
Education/Degree: Marketing, CalState Los Angeles
Current Salary: 89,000.00
Amount of Student Loan Debt: None
What are your day-to-day responsibilities and projects?:
I manage the sales team for my region and ensure they have what they need to present our products to locations within the region.
How did you get to the role you’re in now? What was your career path?:
I worked my way up by refusing to admit defeat. If I didn’t know how to do something, I would research it and figure it out. So much of what I do now was self-taught, and it’s all about adapting and growing in each position.
How do you feel your education or previous experience prepared you for your current role?:
I don’t feel my education prepared me for my current role. A lot of what prepared me was my experiences in other jobs.
What is your favorite part of your job?:
I work for a great company with amazing values that focus on raw materials and sustainability. I love making an impact worldwide while making a living.
What inspired you to pursue your career?:
It fell on my lap and aligned with my values — from there, I just kept learning and moving upwards.
Did you have access to financial aid, FAFSA®, or any other type of aid during school?:
If you did get financial aid, how was that experience for you?:
Like most people, I found the financial aid process very confusing.
Do you feel your career has paid for your education expenses?:
Yes, I do feel it’s paid off.
Looking back — is there anything you would have done differently in college?:
No, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.
What advice do you have for students considering a career path similar to yours?:
I’m not sure. I think being willing to put in the work and learn something new.