Alicia Lindgren

Alicia Lindgren

CEO


CollegeLab


Stay true to yourself, and choose a job that showcases - rather than masks - your persona.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I turned being small - I am 5'1" tall - into an advantage by becoming a coxswain for my high school's rowing team. I gained leadership skills and learned how to motivate peers.
I chose banking as my first job because it was the highest paying job offer that I had. I took a chance, as I was not sure what it really entailed.
The bank offered to pay for my graduate degree in business as a reward for my hard work. It was sometimes grueling to work full time and go to business school. but it was worth it.
When one of my banking clients offered me a job, I was nervous about taking it because it involved a big step up in responsibility. I took it, and learned that through challenges we grow the most.
I had to quit my job at the height of my career in finance because my commute was three hours every day, and I did not have the child care that I needed. This was a tough moment.
Raising children and being involved in the public schools and community at large was more fulfilling than I imagined, and ultimately it led me to learning about college counseling.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Phillips Exeter Academy
undergrad
Bachelor
Government
Dartmouth College
graduate
Graduate
Master of Business Administration
Columbia University
certification
Certification/License
College Counseling
University of California, Los Angeles
Career

Career

CEO

I work with a team to develop and manage an educational technology start up.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I start every day with a brief team meeting, and encourage my co-workers to accomplish their goals. Often, I talk with customers to make sure that our product is meeting their needs. I also call on potential clients to find out how we can help them. Together, we also check that our website is working properly, and we plan changes to it to better serve our customers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

When motivating the team, selling to clients, and supporting our customers, I have to be outgoing. Since I am naturally extroverted, this is fun for me! Being a good listener is also important to keeping our team together - the team has great ideas! - and to making our product better by listening to our customers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The Certificate in College Counseling is a great credential if you want to get started as an educational counselor.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Government
graduate
Graduate
Master of Business Administration
certification
Certification/License
College Counseling
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You have too much "ruth". I was told in this way that I needed to be more ruthless."

A former supervisor told me that even though I was successful in my work, I needed to be more ruthless in order to advance. But I did not want to give up my values. When I was able to make a career change, I became a college counselor. Now I love what I do every day: helping others! No ruthlessness required. Stay true to yourself, and choose a job that showcases - rather than masks - your persona.