From freshman to college graduate, to successful businessman and woman.
by Jordan Chapman
Follow a timeline of success. Make it to the top of the totem pole. Climb the corporate ladder. The metaphors are endless. It’s hard to pin down an exact formula to achieve success because everyone’s path is different.
One thing you can do is look at history; in this case, recent graduates of Adelphi‘s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business. What have they done, and what are they doing now to advance their career with their business degrees?
For Scott Dimig ’06 and Lauren Flynn ’11, they both followed their passion and that alone has made the difference.
Mr. Dimig, who was also profiled in 2012 in Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 program, has been working for EPIC Records of Sony Music for the past 11 years and worked his way up to director of pop and dance music promotion, said that music has been in his family for generations, and his love of music led him to his dream job.
He’s been a music enthusiast all of his life and has played the guitar and bass guitar for 18 years. That affection for music leaves him flying high, and now he flies Delta Airlines 300,000 miles per year handling radio promotions for EPIC artists, and coordinating promotional tours and dance promotions throughout the United States.
“When you hear a band or artist interviewing at a radio station, I’m the person who sets up that interview,” Mr. Dimig said. “I get to spend time with some of the most talented people in music, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
Also following her ambition, Ms. Flynn was a dual marketing and sport management major who started work after graduation as an NHL employee conducting interviews for the Madison Square Garden Network.
“I was on the production team for MSG for the Rangers and Islanders,” she said. “We had two minutes during commercial breaks to get an interview and have it cut, all within a two-minute time frame.”
However, she learned that the high stress environment such work entailed wasn’t for her, and she soon after found work at Driven Local, an online advertising company on Long Island.
She started as a copywriter and was promoted to account manager and head of social media. After two years, she’s now the director of operations and in charge of more than 50 employees.
How did such career movement happen for these two business graduates? Aside from hard work, it’s better to ask how they started.
Mr. Dimig held several internships through his career at Adelphi, the last of which was with EPIC Records. He received his job offer during his first semester of his senior year. When his friends wanted him to come out and “play,” he was in New York City working long nights to secure the job he has today.
Ms. Flynn had a similar beginning. She took a chance with a volunteer opportunity through the Boomer Esiason Foundation while she was at Adelphi. Her networking ability during that event eventually landed her a three-year internship with the NHL, beginning her road to success.
These alumni haven’t burned any bridges; they built them through internships, professional growth and networking within the financial capital of the world: New York City.
What’s next? The sky’s the limit.
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