Throughoutmy experience in college thus far, I have seen the opportunities that lie aheadof the vast realm of business that await me. I am grateful to say that I havehad the liberty of taking a business internship along with working at Bob’sStores, a retail store that specializes in sports apparel and footwear. I havedealt with customer service and envisioned first hand what it is like to beable to decide what effects sales and what drives popularity within a product.
I’vebeen able to push myself and develop my skills within my position as I am eagerto learn more about customer necessities and how I could help the businessdevelop. My ability to analyze the factors that impact what customers may seeat first glance is a skillset that will prove be beneficial in the future. Workingin retail has also increased my proficiency in how I communicate with customersand individuals outside of work. Struggling to speak with customers at first,it didn’t take long to adapt and find myself more comfortable speaking andpresenting products we sell in the store. Being able to overcome difficultobstacles and create unique displays of product has moved me right in thedirection of where I want to be. UConnhas allowed me to study how essential decision-making and leadership is to thearea of marketing.
By taking Communications I learned about the critical rolecommunication has in business. Making it my goal to become increasingly involvedin the importance of how marketing can control how successful a business is.Immigratingto the United States from Brazil at a very young age, I have been able toexperience how diversity is a core value that best represents me. By being ableto embrace my culture and the ones around me, I’m prepared to work in theexpanding market we have today.
Interacting with people from all over the worldat my job and in school has significantly developed my social skills as I havebeen able to expand my social circle. Through befriending many people from variousbackgrounds, I can now compare their own experiences to mine, providing moreinsight on what other people use as motivation to strive for success. Fluentlyspeaking 3 languages and recognizing other cultures, has allowed me to greatly improvehow I observe problems from several perspectives.
Receiving an immense amountof diverse customers at work, I am able to speak to them in other languages inorder to help them have the best experience. Altogether, this has recently allowedme to excel in my studies and intensify my commitment to joining the school ofbusiness. It proves to not only myself, but my parents that coming to theUnited States was well worth the sacrifice, as my journey has only just begun.
Enteringthe school of business is the next step in taking what I have learned thus farto the next level. Marketing has so much to offer me and I am willing to discoverhow far I can go in learning about components like strategies, budgeting, andresearch.