Name: Alisha Tovar
Major: Visual Communications
Grad Year: March of 2012.
Tell us about your time at FIDM. During my courses at FIDM, I learned that creating a strong relationship with your Career Advisor was very important. Without the help of Lynne Stroner, I would not be where I am today. She pushed me to volunteer at anything possibly open to my field so I could narrow down the search of what I wanted my career to be. I was helping with events, styling, visual merchandising, photo shoots, marketing, and more. It is nice to be able to learn a little bit about everything, especially if you are unsure of the specific career you'd like, but there are so many options to choose from and it gets difficult to choose one.
How did you find internships or jobs? I was constantly on the FIDM Portal looking for new volunteer work postings and checking out the Career Center News for events happening that month where I could help out at to gain experience. My advisor informed me of a great internship opportunity at Billabong where I was able to assist in the Marketing Department. After interning there for three months, I was able to open my eyes more to the opportunities I had ahead. I learned so much from Billabong and Marketing in general, so I wanted to pursue that more.
What jobs did you have after graduation? I then decided to apply for a Visual Merchandising position with Pottery Barn Kids. It was a great job being right out of school and I learned a lot. I also worked for an online store called Sutra Lifestyles, which I found through the FIDM Alumni Site. I then applied for an active sports company called Arciero Sports, who also had a close partnership with Oakley. With this job, I was able to travel and help out with events, and I also used my Illustrator and Photoshop skills, creating professional race suits for drivers.
What are you up to now? Two months after I moved back, I started working at this amazing company called Tonto Verde Golf Club. As Marketing Coordinator, I'm doing a little bit of everything from all my past jobs, internships, and volunteer work. Also, this job is an additional 30% increase from my previous job. So I encourage all students to talk with an advisor -- it's never too late! You never know where you'll end up!