Scholar of the Month
The first cohort of WIDE Scholars have graduated, and they are beginning to embark on their careers. Take a moment to get to know a little more about our future workforce.
Marketing, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumna
What inspired you to pick your current major?
I have always been a really curious person. Growing up I always wondered why things were the way they were, and even today I enjoy understanding the underlying reasons that contribute to why we make certain decisions or what influences us to make those decisions. Along with this, I’ve always loved traveling and I wanted to incorporate that into my career path, so I chose one that allowed me to lean into my curiosity and travel!
How has being in the ARF WIDE Program affected your career path or university studies?
When I first became a WIDE scholar, I was torn between several different career paths; consulting, supply chain analyst, channel marketing, marketing research just to name a few. ARF WIDE played a major role in helping me narrow that decision down through the mentorship program. My Young Pro coach connected me with individuals in several fields so I could truly understand what working in each field would look like, and this helped me find what was right for me.
Additionally, the resources ARF WIDE provides have helped me stay up to date on developments in the analytics and marketing fields! I used several of these articles and sessions for schoolwork as well!
Tell us about your new position! What is your role and where is it? What will you be doing?
After graduating this past May, I will be starting my full-time role at Procter and Gamble as a Consumer and Market Knowledge – Analytics and Insights Manager at headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
If money was no object, what would your dream job be?
In all honestly, I enjoy this line of work! It feeds my curiosity, allows me to work on a variety of projects, and exposes me to several teams and individuals. I believe I would end up in a very similar career in some sort of research-oriented space if I had not selected marketing/consumer research.
Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
In five to ten years, I would love to be working as an expatriate. The Procter and Gamble European Headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. As of now, my goal is to be assigned to that office in a few years. However, there are other P&G offices in Latin America and other parts of Europe that I would not be opposed to joining if given the opportunity!
What is your favorite hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
I enjoy drawing, painting, or art journaling. Sadly, with school, I haven’t had much time to do as much as I would like but it is something that allows me to express my creativity, create something new, and get my thoughts out when words won’t do. I am excited to have more time to pursue this hobby since I have graduated!
What’s something you’d tell your younger self?
I used to be very shy as a child. I felt uncomfortable all the time and was always wishing I was older so I would get over it. I guess I thought that being older would somehow solve that. So, I would tell my younger self to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because it doesn’t go away. Being uncomfortable is okay. It helps us grow and become independent and productive discomfort is a GOOD thing!
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