Katie Jones experienced first-hand the all-too-common scenario of trying to find a career specific to one’s undergraduate degree. Discovering her passion for marketing early on has enabled Katie to gain experience and combine it with the St. Kate’s MBA in Integrated Marketing Communications for an amazing career opportunity.
After gradating from Ithaca College in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Studies, I started out in the world looking for a job in the arts. I soon found myself in Boston, Massachusetts where I ended up working three part time jobs. I was in sales at the Huntington Theatre and was a House Manager at the Central Square Theater. I also worked part time for a real estate agency, managing their itty-bitty marketing department. The job at the real estate agency was, if I’m being honest, my least favorite, but it launched me into the world of marketing that I love!
I spent 3 years feverishly climbing the ladder from job to job until I finally realized that, while hands-on experience is important, I really needed formal business and marketing training. Enter the St. Kate’s MBA. The program works the way my brain works. I don’t grasp concepts just by looking at a textbook. The classes are creative, innovative, strategic and hand-on.
I’m less than a year away from getting my MBA and I’ve already made a huge leap in my career. I recently started working as the president of a start-up. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for me. I get to use all of the skills I’ve learned at St. Kate’s and apply them in my new position. I’ll be creating a business plan, building a brand and leading the development of a business that doesn’t exist yet.
My college self would be shocked to see where I’ve landed, but I couldn’t be happier.
Katie is in Cohort 3, which began in Spring 2015. She will graduate in 2017 and plans to celebrate with a backpacking trip along the Superior Hiking Trail. When she’s not working or studying, you can find her kayaking, cooking or daydreaming about her dream home. Connect with Katie on LinkedIn or Twitter.