Yesterday’s Tech Meetup in the Financial District at Refinery29 felt like a professional Carnival experience – all of the alumni were in good spirits, sharing the various projects they are working on with some light recruitment thrown in. Okay, so that sounds like pretty much any networking event. Maybe I say Carnival because so many SigEp’s were there this round.
As you may know, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and so events like these are always revitalizing and inspiring – it reminds me of how proud I am to be a risk taker and an entrepreneur, to be surrounded by my people! Such a great group of CMU alums were present who are working to build their own companies and who continually, ‘inspire innovation’.
My pick of the evening? Dave Mittereder has a great project called The Personal BlackBox, which gives a consumer the option to share their consumer behaviourial habits…and get paid for it! These decisions are then compiled and sold to various marketing agencies for the strategic purposes. Very cool, especially considering we’re in a time where people are hypersensitive to how their personal information is distributed – so why not have some control over the process and make some $ on the side? Where do I sign up?
Some alums I chatted with are loving where they are, and others are looking to transition. I, as I first wrote, am experiencing both worlds: I love what I do, which is consulting on various projects in different areas (from tech to consumer goods to theater), and I am also looking to transition because I think there is great value in learning in a full-time corporate environment. I’m thinking my next move is to work in Manhattan at a PR/entertainment agency or tech startup. I enjoy regularly working in team dynamics, and that’s currently what’s missing for me.
There’s a baseline of commodore that is hard to duplicate with CMU alums — We can all be very candid with one another. I had a great, honest conversation with two alums on the less glamorous sides of work in general. Something I learned from my time at an NYC PR agency that I share with anyone newly entering the work force is that you should BEWARE OF OFFICE POLITICS. They don’t teach you that at school. And they should. There are egos you have to be wary of and cater to, stricter deadlines that need to be met, personalities you have to handle, and overall just more on the line… However, through all experiences – we learn and we grow and we get better at what we do. That’s always my goal, at least!
Thanks to Doug for organizing another awesome event (you should join the group if you’d ever like to come out to one!), and shout out to my the fellas below, and our party favors.
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