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Alumni Q&A: Victoria Maiorano, Class of 2015

What’s happening in your career now?
I’m a Wholesale Assistant for an accessories company. I do everything from researching trends and partnering with our design team, to ensuring all overseas delivery and production schedules overseas are met, to presenting products to customers to generate sales. I work hand-in-hand with all the other departments to make sure we are servicing the retail buyers in the best way possible.

How would you describe your career path so far?
My career has been something I basically fell into. Originally, I did not see myself in sales. I never thought I had strong enough math skills to be crunching numbers. I was given an opportunity as a Sales Assistant prior to graduation and accepted with much hesitation. Over the last two and half years, I have truly developed my retail math skills, which has become a huge asset. I’m glad I stepped outside my comfort zone to pursue something I didn’t know I was capable of.

How did your LIM College education help prepare you for your career?
Any college or university can provide math and writing courses. What’s special about LIM are the professional development courses. LIM teaches you how to interview, how to write an appropriate email, and even how to follow up on job opportunities. This gave me a sense of confidence upon entering the work world.

Have you had mentors at LIM or in the workplace? How have they helped you?
LIM College has put so many great people in my life who have significantly contributed to my success. Every single professor I had during my time at LIM taught me something both inside and outside the classroom.

The mentorship goes beyond that. Some of my most important mentors have been the friends I made at LIM. We are all now young professionals working in similar fields. The way we are able to bounce ideas and share constructive feedback with each other is incredible.  We share our stories on how we asked for a raise or how an interview went. That kind of real-world advice is truly amazing!

If you could go back in time and give career advice to yourself, what would it be?
When I was in school I’d rather have done anything than one more math problem. Yet now I see now how important math truly is! My biggest piece of advice would be to take those retail math courses. If you can understand numbers you will go very far, because at the end of the day it all comes down to the sales the company is generating.

Career-wise, what are you most proud of?
I’m just really proud that I’ve made it this far. I relied on loans to finance my education. It even took me an extra year to finish college. Yet at graduation I walked across the stage with a job secured for the following week, was able to increase my salary significantly 6 months later, and now I have my own apartment in NYC and am completely self-sufficient. I’m exactly where I want to be at this point in my life!