Diversifying skills and eagerly taking on new tasks were the pieces of advice White Sox Senior Coordinator of Public Relations left students at a September 8 presentation.
Julianne Bartosz, a 2013 Saint Mary’s University alumna, shared about her job in the major leagues and how her college experiences helped her land it.
Bartosz said while at Saint Mary’s she was incredibly involved and took on activities “in pairs.” From double-majoring, to being a two-season athlete, to working with admissions and residence life, Bartosz explained that she had her hands in many departments.
This array of experience helped Bartosz after graduation when her plans for work were still up in the air, she said. In May of 2013, Bartosz attended a career fair for the White Sox with her portfolio and resume in hand. Bartosz said she wasn’t sure what to expect and “thought nothing of it.”
Sure enough, White Sox hiring managers kept Bartosz’s resume and eventually offered her an internship in public relations which turned into a full-time position.
Bartosz recalls asking her supervisor what things made her stand out as a candidate, to which her supervisor replied: her experience as the editor-in-chief of The Cardinal.
Bartosz said this was surprising to her memories as The Cardinal editor consisted of “dragging bags of papers around campus at midnight to have them on newspaper racks later that day.”
In retrospect, Bartosz realized her willingness to take the lead with The Cardinal while balancing her other activities as well set her aside from the rest.
Bartosz told current students to keep this in mind during their college careers. She advised them to get involved, stay involved, and take on new tasks that haven’t been done before. Because, Bartosz said the skills and experience that employers notice and that help land a first job might come as a surprise.