Elizabeth Baldetti '10

baldetti Elizabeth Baldetti graduated in 2010 with a degree in History.
 Q: What kind of work do you do now?
 I am a Brand Consultant and Bra a Fit Specialist for Chantelle Group
 in NYC. On a day to day basis I visit the major department stores in NYC,
 checking on the inventory levels, sales, going over new styles with the
 teams, and training the associates how to properly fit women for bras. I
 also go to market appointments and shows each season. Currently I am
 working to launch our new line, Passionata at Bloomingdale's.

 Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience have proven most
 useful to your professional life?
 In college I was in a ton of clubs and willing to do anything and everything
 which carries to my position perfectly since I am always on the move and
 conversing with new people everyday. No two days are ever the same.

 Writing and communication skills are key especially how to convey your
 thoughts and intent in the written word. Many companies no longer have a
 traditional office, with many employees working remotely from home.
 So 95% of communication is done through email or texting, so having this
 basic skill is necessary. Through my Liberal Arts degree I honestly learned
 how to formally write and analytically think. (One would be surprised at
 people's inability to connect thoughts or create fluid transitions.)

Studying abroad and having two minors really afforded me the opportunity to expand my horizons. It also made big life changes much easier, like moving cross country and entering a new career. Those experiences gave me a bit of perspective and a willingness to do things out of my comfort zone.

I would say my Liberal Arts degree in History makes me a much more rounded and competitive individual in the work place. With today's world many positions and jobs are fluid and yet become very specialized quickly. If you have the core skills and a good work ethic you will succeed. A Bachelor's in History gives one the mobility and foundation to really see and try different occupations. Though one has the best intention of continuing on in History, things change and a Liberal Arts degree really offers one flexibility. After college I had no idea what I wanted, but because I could write, effectively communicate, and was personable I had no trouble finding a job. (Let's be honest I have a good job, but am only 26, so I will probably go back to school) A degree is what you make of it. The trick is to just finish.

Q: What advice would you have for students just starting out on their college careers?
Have fun, and do you what your are truly interested in. This is the time to experiment and see what you are passionate about, so don't listen to your peers and do what you want. Take as many risks as possible in college because unlike the real world, you have a safety net.