Name: Amy Kelly

Current Employer:  A&G Audio

Position: Sales and Marketing Director

Educational Institution: Arizona State University

What are some things you wish you knew or wish someone told you going into college/learning your trade?

In my early years, freshman and sophomore year of college, I was just stressing about what major to pick and it really didn't matter. At the end of the day, looking back, it wouldn't have mattered too much either way because I still landed in the place I was supposed to be.

What are some things you wish you knew completing your education and beginning as a professional?

I graduated at the worst time in recent history, December of 2007, right before the crash. As I was beginning the process of searching for a job everything was crashing around me, and there were no jobs. I wish that someone at that point would have told me, “it's okay to work as a concierge for 4 years because it will pay off in the end”. I’ve learned that taking jobs that seem unimportant will still give you connections and you will still grow and learn something new from it. A lot of people assume you need the best job right out of college and the truth is sitting in a cube 9-5 in hopes for that job is not always the right path.

Is there anything you regret not learning sooner or differently?

Probably negotiating salaries -  I wish that would've been more direct with my value and pay. As a woman in the workplace, it can be hard to stand up for yourself and say what you are worth, and I wish I would've learned that sooner.

Do you have any advice for the professionals just starting out?

Look for something that you enjoy instead of going after the companies with big names and big corporations. Learning the ropes in a well-oiled machine (well-established business) is nice but it is a lot of fun to work for smaller companies too.

I think another important tip is that when you are interviewing or negotiating for a new position, always reassure the employer that you know this is a job that they expect you to do well and that you are prepared to work really hard. It's not just about the vacation, it's about doing great work.



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