Did aninternship lead to your current job or your first job out of college?
Yes, myinternship did lead me to my current job and my first job out of college. Iinterned with the Portland Sea Dogs during the 2010 season, and while I wasinterning with the Maine Red Claws for the 2010-2011 season, the Portland SeaDogs contacted me about a job opening.
Why or whatdo you love about St. Joe’s?
I liked thatI was able to make strong connections with professors who helped me get towhere I am today. I also liked the close-knit relationships on my field hockeyteam.
What are youdoing now for work?
I am theSales Director of Tickets with the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league baseballteam in Portland, Maine. AlthoughI work primarily in the ticket office as oneof the season ticket holder liaisons and supervisors, I also make outgoingsales calls to potential sponsorship and advertising clients.
What helpedyou land the job you have?
Networkingand making connections helped me land the job I have now. Through my twointernships, I met a ton of people and was able to create many valuablerelationships that I still have to this day.
Anythingelse you’d like to add?
I can’temphasize enough the importance of getting out into the workforce, creatingthose relationships, and getting your name out there. I started by contactingprofessors who I knew would help point me in the right direction. I can’t thankthem enough for all the help they gave me, from repeatedly looking over myresume to sitting down with me and giving me “real life” advice.
The path Itook wasn’t always glorious, but the hours of dedication I put in got me whereI am today. I can’t begin to count the amount of hours I’ve worked in minorleague sports since 2010, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s not easyto get a job in the sports industry, especially with such a well renownedorganization as the Portland Sea Dogs. As a 22-year-old recent graduate, I amso fortunate to be where I am in life.
You haveworked with a sports marketing class here on campus on a special project thatgets students involved in a real-world marketing effort. Can you tell us aboutthat project?
Iwas able to get St. Joe’s and two other colleges to participate in a contest tosell the largest number of Sea Dog tickets to other students at their collegefor a game during the spring semester. Students are in charge of developingcreative ideas to sell tickets. It will provide students an opportunity to useskills learned in their Introduction to Marketing classes and relate them tothe sport industry. The Portland Sea Dogs created this event to give studentsthe opportunity to experience the work that goes in to creating and puttingforth a marketing campaign.