Alyson Lee

Class of 2016 | Employer Concierge | Career Center

Communications w/ Minor in Management Science

As Employer Concierge I act as liaison between employers and students. I assist employers who come to UC San Diego for recruitment by providing all of their logistical needs as well as helping them advertise through different marketing platforms. With this job I love how much I get to interact with different kinds of people. Students are always coming back to our events, so I often get to talk with them and hear about their prospects in life. It’s also great meeting employers because I can build connections with them. It’s always rewarding for me to come to work and that’s why I’ve stayed with it for almost two years.

Q: Did you have any experience prior to your current job? A: I worked at the UCSD Bookstore before this, so I learned about customer service. But to be completely honest, I had no idea what this job was and had no real experience relating to it prior.

Q: Is this in line with your career goals? A: Actually it is! Originally, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I thought about going into Marketing or being a Financial Analyst because I was a Management Science major. Soon I realized I wasn’t good at Econ but I had a way with talking to people. Once I began working at this job, I got to meet recruiters and I heard about how much they loved talking and reaching out to people. I found out that this was something I may be interested in. This job helped me grow and learn about what I wanted to do and definitely made me learn what my real skills were. I found out that I wanted to be a recruiter in the future and so working as Employer Concierge I get to see first hand some of what being a recruiter entails.

Q: Can you tell me more about your employment after graduation? A: I am currently a Project Activities Coordinator at Westfield. Westfield manages a park downtown called Horton Plaza Park, which opened on May 4th. I work within the park by facilitating activities we have there, as well as greeting guests, asking them questions, and seeing how they feel about the park and activities. This job is going to transition to full time once I graduate but I’m not sure if I am going to stay. I want to be a recruiter and being a coordinator for a park, although as much as it is great for my social skills, it’s not exactly what I want to do. Currently, I’m trying to find other coordinator positions, other recruiting coordinator positions, or something similar in more of a tech setting. Right now I have two interviews coming up so I’m looking forward to those.

Q: How has your job helped you? What skills have you learned? A: I think the number one thing I learned from this job is how to adapt quickly because sometimes employers run late or have trouble setting up the AV equipment etc. In these situations, there is no time to panic, so I’ve learned to adapt at a moment’s notice. It has also definitely improved my interpersonal skills because I’m able to work with so many different people.

Q: Do you have advice for students or anything else you would like to add? A: Now that I’m graduating and looking for full-time employment, I’m grateful for Port Triton. It’s so much easier to find jobs through Port Triton because when looking through other job portals you can be overlooked. Port Triton is specific to UCSD and many companies are seeking to hire from our school, so your chances of getting hired through Port Triton are higher. I got my job as the Park and Recs Activities Coordinator through Port Triton, so I would definitely advise students to use it. Students should also utilize LinkedIn because companies recruit from there as well. The Career Services Center always has workshops on LinkedIn so students should take full advantage of this. Students should have their resume reviewed periodically because there is always room for improvement. Learning from my experience, the beauty of on-campus jobs is the variety. You can apply anywhere, find where you belong, and this can help you figure out your future career path.

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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