Leading by example
Tina Arobio ('12) was drawn to the School of Business and Economics' marketing program as a way to channel her creativity. She wanted to pursue a career in business, but didn't want the math aspects that came with other concentrations: "I didn't want to sit in front of a desk all day and number-crunch," said Tina, who is returning to the school to take part in the Career Center's Mentor Program.
The Mentor Program provides resources for current students to gain experience in fields that they are interested in pursuing, as some students are worried about not being able to find a career after they graduate. Students are paired with mentors who have experience in different areas of business and participate in a 15-month program that allows them to explore new opportunities and experiences in their desired fields.
As a student at Sonoma State, Tina was a marketing intern at the School of Business for two years. Her experience working with other interns was what inspired her to come back and join the School's Mentor Program. Tina said that because her work as an intern was so rewarding and helpful for her, she wanted to come back and help other students who didn't know what field they were interested in pursuing as a career.
"The work we were doing actually meant something," Tina said about her time working as an intern. She added that working with the other marketing interns helped her become more adaptable in the workplace, and the internship taught her how to budget her time effectively and handle multiple tasks at once. She hopes she can teach some of these skills to students who may not have that kind of experience.
Tina is currently pursuing a career in sales, working as a payroll consultant at Paychex, and is really enjoying it. "I'm honored," she said about being part of the School of Business's mentor program. Tina wants to continue to help students who want to experience what it's like to work in business, and wants to continue being involved with the School of Business and Economics in any way she can.
Learn more about the Mentor Program here.