From customer service to experience in a professional office,
I've discovered my strengths in multiple contexts.
The internship with Cubic Corporation was my first experince working in a full-time, office position. I spent my time utilizing my writing skills through various assignments, and sharpening my Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel proficiency. My final project for the summer-long internship was a presentation to a majority of the Cubic executives and the other interns, featuring an extensive product deck in which I outlined all of Cubic's products and services, including their features, benefits, and how the company stands against competitors. During this internship, I gained hands-on experience in a professional office setting. Additionally, I was one of two female interns, and the only intern not in the STEM field. I wanted to make an impact, making sure to display my creativity, capability and work ethic, in hopes that I would stand out amongst the engineers.
My employment for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has been a growing experience. As a biography writer, my job is to look through the applications of scholarship recipients to write brief biographies on the students to send to the SFSB donors. In this role, I work remotely on my own time. Because of this, I learned serious time-management skills and how to better discipline myself to meet the weekly quotas. The repetitive structure in which I write the bios and the high volume of applications pushed me to strengthen my writing efficiency, as well as my reading and writing comprehension.
My experience in retail and customer service through Trader Joe's has taught me communication skills, the importance of maintaining strong customer relations, and extreme patience. The values of Trader Joe's as a company align with my personal values, which I hope to carry with me into my future place of employment. At Trader Joe's, I take on many tasks and roles: not only do I run the cash register and stock shelves, but I create aesthetically-pleasing displays to highlight featured products, study market patterns that lead to properly ordering the correct amount of product daily, and develop innovative food recipes for customers to sample in order to sell products. I see each of these daily tasks as marketing practice, and I hope to continue to grow in my career at Trader Joe's by one day working for the marketing or copywriting team at the corporate office.