Some Great Words Of Advice From Not Your Average Joe

10.20.2012 · Posted in Alumni, Career Advice, Successful Alumni

An entrepreneurial spirit and high energy only begin to describe Joe D’Agostino and his experiences while at Stonehill.  A graduate of the class of 2010, Joe joined the Stonehill Chapter of the FMA last Tuesday evening to share some memories and advice and how his experiences at Stonehill prepared him for an interesting career with the high-growth tech company, TechTarget. (TTGT).  TechTarget is a data mining company that matches tech buyers with tech sellers.  With more than 100 technology specific websites, it provides technology marketers innovative media that, according to the company, delivers unmatched reach via custom advertising, branding and lead generation solutions all built on our extensive network of online and social media. TechTarget is based in Boston (as is Joe) and has locations in Atlanta, Beijing, Cincinnati, London, Mumbai, San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney.

According to Joe, “Students need to demonstrate leadership and initiative while in College.  Good grades just are not enough to land interesting but very competitive job opportunities”.  He emphasized to the group that getting involved in extracurricular activities such as internships and student clubs, is very important.  It builds important skills and confidence that in class studies do not, which really make a difference post graduation.  Some of the activities highlighted by Joe included an internship with the LoJack Company making sales calls.  In addition he ran his own DJ business to help cover the expense of Tuition and Room & Board.  This was on top of his participation on the Stonehill Track Team.

Today, Joe’s day-to-day account management experience is focused on product sales.   While very challenging, it allows him the opportunity to travel the world and interact with clients face to face.  Something Joe highlighted is key to success.  According to Joe, “Communication is a key selling point in the marketing field so get used to networking right now.  Construct a LinkedIn account and keep that resume updated.”

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