5 Tips from Fords on Friday with Lindsay Grant ‘04
Lindsay was met with a packed house here at the CCPA as she talked about her experiences at the NHL, NBA, Intel and more! Here are her top 5 tips from the session:
- Gain experience at an advertising agency if you’re interested in marketing: Even if you want to transition over to the client side eventually, Lindsay suggests that you start with an agency. She recommends this because these firms hire lots of young workers (both graduates and interns), and provide good experience that will be valuable if you want to work in marketing. Plus, there are lots of young workers at these agencies, so it is a fun experience all around.
- Be better than your male peers: Lindsay says she has felt the pressures and difficulties facing women in male dominated fields such as sports. Lindsay says that things are improving, however, and her best advice is to rise above by always working harder and performing better than your male peers.
- Networking is important: Like all of our Fords on Friday speakers, Lindsay stressed the importance of networking. She has been able to rise up to where she is partly through the power of networking, and she says that she always accepts others offers to have a cup of coffee or chat over lunch – you never know what opportunities may arise.
- It’s okay if you don’t have a plan after graduating: Lindsay graduated Haverford without a job or plan for her career and it all turned out well! She went back home and worked as a waitress for a while before landing her first job in marketing, which she said was a valuable experience after her time at Haverford.
- Working from home can be a blessing and a curse: At her new job at Intel, Lindsay has begun to work from home at times. She likes this at times, as it allows her to set her own hours and eliminates her commute. However, she misses the social aspect of working in an office in her old jobs. Thus, she tries to get out regularly, whether that be by going to exercise classes in the gym in the morning, or going to coffee shops to work throughout the day.