Unlike many companies, 600 Global does not require three to five years of experience to start in an entry level position. Many of our top executives initially joined our team straight out of college, or shortly thereafter. As this time of year brings a new wave of college graduates, we decided to interview some of our top employees, who also are recent graduates just starting their careers. We’re hoping this new blog series will give some insight as to what to expect as you begin the next chapter of your life!
Meet 600 Global’s Brenda Lim; she graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2016 with a degree in Aviation Business Administration (Dual concentration: Airport Management, and Management). During her time at Embry-Riddle, Brenda was extremely active on campus. As the Vice President of International Student Association and the American Association of Airport Executives she also competed and placed 1st or 2nd in all six academic competitions that she entered! If you’re not totally blown away yet, we should mention that she even made time to participate in intramural soccer, assist with obtaining and operating a grant and even complete an internship. Woah! Brenda is also still an active member of Phi Beta Lambda and the Aviation Business Networking Club.
We stole a few minutes of Brenda’s time to ask her some of the questions we thought would be most helpful to our readers!
Q: It’s extremely common to study one thing in college, and then pursue a career that takes you in a totally different direction. How is it for you… do you feel like you are you utilizing your degree here?
I feel that I am utilizing my degree to a certain extent. With my degree, I was equipped with the knowledge of the Aviation industry as well as the fundamentals of a business and its operations. Although my job has no relevance to the Aviation industry, the sales and marketing aspects of my job are the fundamentals of any business career.
Q: How have you continued your education and built upon your degree while working here?
I have gained many valuable skills working with 600 Global such as leadership, public speaking, networking, time management skills, etc. 600 Global has helped me grow and develop as an individual, and most importantly step out of my comfort zone.
Coming from a culture that is almost the opposite of the American culture, stepping out of my comfort zone was something I never thought I would be able to do.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who is graduating from college this year and trying to find their first job?
It’s not all about the pay or how glamorous the job is. It’s about finding a job that will help you grow and develop as a person. The company culture plays an important role as well.
The culture at 600 Global is not just great, but amazing. My colleagues have become friends I know that I can trust, which is rare, especially since we see each other for a few hours a day.
Even if you don’t see yourself in that particular job, don’t be afraid to give it a try, for you never know how good you might be at the job or what you will learn about yourself from it. If you don’t try, you will never succeed.
Q: Any final advice to share with those hoping to find a great career?
Being able to do well in college is one thing. What’s important is upon graduation being able to put the knowledge you’ve gained to practice and learning something new each day at work. Constant learning results in constant growth and the only person who benefits from it is you.
Be sure to stay tuned for additional blogs in this post-college career advice series from recent graduates at 600 Global! You can also follow our team on LinkedIn!