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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Turrisi, Class of 2016

What’s happening in your career now?

I am a Project Coordinator for GigMasters, which is owned by XO Group. GigMasters is the one stop source for all event service needs. We combine the efficiency of the web with the personal touch of a private event planner. Weddings to birthdays, corporate parties and more, we’re there to help find the perfect vendors to bring events to life. My day-to-day tasks involve assisting members who have recently signed up on our site. My goal is to help them feel more comfortable using our service and help with any questions or concerns they may have.

How did your LIM College education help prepare you for your career?

LIM is where I really learned about the extent of the event planning business. It is where I fell in love with this career path and learned how to begin working in it. After taking event planning classes, I did internships in this field, so that when I graduated I could begin my career right away.

If you could go back in time and give career advice to your younger self, what would you say?

I would definitely tell myself to network with everyone I meet. Networking is a very big deal in the workplace and you never know who could assist you in your career.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in your field? 

Brush up on your customer service skills. As someone who works with different customers every day, it is important that I provide them with outstanding service.

How do you maintain a work/life balance? 

Something that my company emphasizes is to make sure to leave work at work. I do not have my work email on my phone and I don't talk about work once I leave for the day. It is so important to make sure that any stress that took place during the work day doesn't follow me home.