Joe Vidulich

Joe Vidulich

Government Affairs Professional


Capital One

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I decided to travel outside of my comfort zone and work in a place I've never been before.
Then I worked for a trade association that had exposure to many companies.
I sacrificed a high salary for access and ability to impact positive change.
I moved to another trade association with similar companies, always asking to do more.
I worked late into the night. I got to work before everyone else.
Then I found my dream job at Capital One.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Oceanside High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
American University

Career

Government Affairs Professional

I work with our business units to tell our story to elected officials.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Government
Politics
Working with Others

Day to Day

A great day at work is where you have a constant flow of information at your fingertips from journalists, policy wonks, elected officials and social media contributors. It also involves being the quintessential "story teller" and "problem solver." You have to be able to develop an engagement strategy, communicate effectively, and be receptive to both verbal and nonverbal queues.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Interpersonal and communication skills are essential to be effective in this role. People persons will excel in their ability to connect with different, unique, and diverse perspective.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Politics is the art of persuasion. It is essential that you listen to others and understand their arguments and point of views in order to articulate your own. Be a consumer of information, a global citizen, and an avid reader.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You could be making more money if you worked for this office or for this leader."

Challenges I Overcame

Less than Optimal Family Support