Name: Justin Gillispie
Graduation Year: 2012
Company: Mighty 8th Media
Position: Strategy & Business Development
Graduating in 2012, the job market was still in a slump. I was lucky enough to land a job in Atlanta selling Software as a Service to the Engineering and Construction verticals. To say the least, it was a wonderful learning experience, but I left to pursue a Business Development & Strategy role with a Marketing Agency in Atlanta. I've been here at Might 8th Media for 4 years now and love it. In my opinion, there's no better place to experience multiple industries and business models than at a marketing agency. You get to work with C-level people, understand every aspect of their business and then put together strategies that take their businesses to the next level. In regards to future goals, I'm not sure where my career will take me, but I hope to one day own my own business.
Always aim high and dream big, but remain humble, always listen, and be patient along the way. Knowing the right people can change your life - surround yourself with successful people and have many mentors. To those of you looking to enter the marketing/advertising industry, get certified in as many digital platforms as possible. It'll set you apart, make you more desirable and will give you more leverage when negotiating a starting salary. God speed and good luck.