Year of Graduation: 1994
Current Position: Marketing Developer Partnerships Lead, Pinterest
Please give a brief description of your current position:
I manage the marketing developer program and partnerships at Pinterest, helping businesses use custom marketing solutions to publish their content for Pinners.
What path did you follow to arrive at your current job?
The path wasn't clear at the beginning or even in the middle. There were themes (marketing, publishing, technology), but the path made itself along the way as I made each decision that built upon itself. This is the perfect example of the benefits of a liberal arts degree, using my critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills – combined with my own desires and curiosity.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career?
Try different aspects (publisher, technology provider, and marketer) to see what is the better fit for you at the time in your life that you're looking. It's always helpful to look at things from multiple dimensions before you really understand what you want. And then that changes anyways - so it’s best to try things.
What skills are important in your field?
Curiosity and ambition. Marketing skills are fundamentals, but you can pick those up along the way.
What is the most satisfying/rewarding part of your job?
I like to see the results of the things I planned and put into motion. Sometimes they are bigger than I plan - and that's exciting. Other times they are duds - and that's when I learn the most.
There are so many different agendas you're constantly trying to weigh/assess in making a decision. You can't make everyone happy, so you have to focus on the goal and what can be best for driving that specific result. It’s exciting and challenging to get it right.
What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU (and elsewhere) in preparation for this career?
Doing a little bit of everything with every kind of person. I worked in all kinds of jobs on campus (Career Resource Center, recycling, washing dishes) and off campus (car dealership, waitress) - and the best experiences are those you didn't have before and therefore taught you something about yourself. Be open, and don't worry about following 'a path.' You make it as you go.