Where are you working and what do you do there?
I work for Kohl's corporate, I am an Affiliate Marketing Analyst. I have been here for 2 years... and graduated 2 years ago.
What is your typical work day like?
I work together with our agency and other advertising web sites (like Ebates.com and Retailmenot.com) to buy placements and advertising space for a top national retailer. My day consists of Kohls.com sales reporting for my management. I work through proposals, identify our best business opportunities, request and approve creative, work with budgets and forecasting...and about a million other things! I can be in meetings with merchants to secure COOP funding, or with other internal teams like PR and social media. I work closely with our agency who handles the legal side of the business. I get on monthly status calls with about 30 of our top partners to build relationships.
What path did you take to your current career, were there other jobs along the way?
I did as many internships as I could! More students need to do this. I think it all but guaranteed my job. I was able to talk about my experiences in all three of my internships - both good and bad experiences. It helps you look much more successful and ready to hit the ground running out of college.
What advice do you have for UW-Eau Claire students to become successful in their own careers?
Be hungry. Be ready to learn and hit the ground running. You don't want people to call you the "one out of college." Your goal should be to have no one realize you are 22; they should think you are 27.