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  Age: 30 Graduation Date: 2006 Major: Economics School: University of Pennsylvania Current Position: Head of Partnerships & Communications at StumbleUpon & 5by  


Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

My biggest fear was selecting the "wrong" career path, but as I quickly learned from a very wise friend, no job is permanent. In today's world, career experimentation is not a bad thing. Whether you land in the "right" career immediately or not, every job will teach you key skills that will continue to serve you.

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Passion, Perseverance, Focus, Discovery, Willingness

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

I truly believe in our products and brands. This is the easiest and best motivation. Additionally, I work alongside smart, talented, diverse, and passionate people. Our company is around 80 employees, which means that there's no hiding: everyone's work is purposefully, meaningful, and important. (We have great benefits, too!)

Q: What are the best things about your current role?

We're building impactful products, there's an entrepreneurial spirit about how we tackle problems, I work with smart people (internally and externally), and I believe in what we're all about.

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

You don't have to follow the herd. Your parents aren't *always* right. Try hard to find something that you think you will like and if it doesn't work out, you can try again! Also, find a boss/manager that you admire.
You don't have to follow the herd. Your parents aren't *always* right.

Q. What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

No more homework. Real work is way better.
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JT


I have seen business roles defined in ways that confuse many individuals because of the close connections to other positions. These may be the same roles that you have questioned during your professional career.

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