Lauren Devitt

Lauren Devitt

Communications - Community Affairs


Capital One

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Worked odd jobs in middle/high school - learned discipline, customer service, hard work.
Went to college, studied English (fascinating but useless) tried not to think about the real world.
Graduated in the Great Recession, wasn't sure what kind of job I wanted, applied to grad school.
Got a fellowship to an English PhD program at Rutgers. (Getting paid to read Shakespeare - genius!)
5 yrs + lots of self-discovery in grad school (public speaking, independence, confidence, hard work).
Quit during my dissertation bc what I loved about school wasn't going to translate into the job.

Education

High School
Council Rock High School (North)
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, Generals
College of William and Mary
Graduate
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Career

Communications - Community Affairs

I tell stories and create experiences that help people make an impact in the community.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

A little bit of everything! A lot of it looks like standard "desk job" stuff (email, phone calls, spreadsheets, meetingsmeetingsmeetings), but here's what's really happening: connecting with community partners, troubleshooting challenges with my team, planning events, breaking down some data, etc. I will also find quiet time to get creative, focused work done: writing copy, designing graphics, or gathering content for communications.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You can also learn lots of these in school, but here goes: 1.) Strong digital skills (design, data, email, website management, excel, social media), 2.) Great writing skills (make complex things simple, and compel people to take action), 3.) TIME MANAGEMENT (your day is crazy, and you need to own it or it will own you), 4.) confidence and assertiveness (know what you're good at, stand in your opinions), 5.) Picking your battles (this will get better with age!) 6.) seeking and accepting feedback.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Learn about all sides of the work - how business works, how nonprofits work, how social causes you care about work. Be abstract AND practical (read a lot, and then try to get real world experience by interning, volunteering, or setting up meetings/interviews with folks who work in the field).

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor