Alumni Spotlight: Natalia Mayo (’17)

Natalia MayoAfter graduating in 2017, Natalia discovered that her LIM College education had prepared her to overcome career obstacles in important and unexpected ways. Now a Production Assistant at Michael Kors, Natalia has a knack for tackling demanding goals in both her personal and professional life.

Tell us about your role at Michael Kors.
My team manages the women’s Ready-to-Wear collection. I organize communication between factories, in-house technical designers and other teams involved in physical merchandise. I also analyze the status of all fits and make updates to our product lifecycle management system. After analyzing garment tests, I approve all Top-of-Production samples, hangtags and care instructions.

What are some challenges you’ve faced in your career?
During my Senior Co-op internship at LIM, I interned at Derek Lam 10 Crosby, where I was eventually hired as a Product Development Assistant/Coordinator. I struggled at first, and after some time, I was let go. I then rededicated myself to applying everywhere I could. Almost immediately, I was having second and third interviews at places such as Ralph Lauren, Barney’s and Michael Kors.

How did LIM prepare you for your professional experiences?
I’ll be honest: I was not an “A” student at LIM. But the College prepared me for life in ways I wasn’t even aware of. For example, the industry exploration seminars — which teach you to write many different versions of resumes, cover letters, and portfolios — truly set me apart from other recent college graduates. I review a lot of resumes in my job now, and it’s clear to me that very few schools are prepping their students like LIM is. I had classes, professors, and projects that taught me skills that it would have taken me years in the industry to acquire. LIM taught me to solve problems quickly, creatively and with a business mindset.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Earlier this year, while working long hours at Michael Kors, I was also training for the Miss New York USA pageant. Out of 155 women, I placed as a semifinalist and also received the Miss Congeniality award. The fact that I was able to train for the pageant — waking up early, working with my coach, going to the gym — while excelling in my career, showed me I can do whatever I want as long as I’m willing to work for it. (I plan on competing again next year!)

If you could go back in time and give career advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Do the unpaid internships. It looks great on your resume and it really teaches you about patience and professionalism.