What Are You Doing After Graduation? Rebecca Ruesch '17

April 05, 2017

Rebecca Ruesch

Public Relations and Marketing Communications student Rebecca Ruesch '17 talks about her plans after graduation.

What are you studying at the Simmons School of Management?

I'm studying Public Relations and Marketing Communications, the joint major with the Communications Department and the School of Management.

Where will you be working after graduating from Simmons in May?

I will be working as the Marketing Coordinator at The Lenox Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.

What was the job search like for you?

It was definitely stressful at times. I think one of the things I got pretty frustrated with was applying to so many jobs and not hearing back from any of them. I felt a little lost at times, but I never let that stop me or sway my confidence. I knew I could get something, and I knew I could get something good; it was just a matter of being patient. When I did get the first interview for The Lenox, the whole process happened in a flash. I went through three rounds of interviews and met with a lot of different people, and researched the company like the back of my hand. In the end, it all paid off and I couldn't be more thrilled.

How did you know that The Lenox was the right for you for the start of your  career?

It probably sounds vague and cheesy, but I knew it was right because it felt right. I interviewed at some other places and never got that excited feeling about the possibility of working there. Even when I went on my first interview with The Lenox, I immediately felt excited and got that feeling in my stomach when I walked in. When discussing the job requirements during the interview, the job fit my skill sets, but also had areas where I would be a little bit challenged and put out of my comfort zone, which I was excited about. Everyone works as a team there, throughout all departments, and I could tell right away that company culture and treating people right were two of their core values. I thought there was something really special about that. All the people I met with throughout the process made me feel like I was already part of the team and I could just tell this was going to be an environment where I could not only thrive in my career, but also one where I could also grow and learn. Even though I am done with my undergraduate career, I never want to stop learning and I knew that I would have that opportunity at The Lenox.

What are some past internships you've had through your time with School of Management?

I've had a lot of great internships over my years at Simmons. The summer before my junior year, I was the Public Relations and Marketing Intern at Maine Public Broadcasting Network in my hometown of Portland. This was a great experience and one where I had the chance to write and edit website copy and even some television ads, which was a great learning experience. After that, I was a Marketing Intern at Boston Magazine for my whole junior year, which was incredible. I met some of the best people and I learned so much about what I wanted to do with my career. I will remember that internship, and the people I worked with there, for quite a long time. Last summer, I worked full-time as a Corporate Communications Intern with an international Public Relations firm called FleishmanHillard. I got to work with great clients and it was great to work in the agency world firsthand and learn from some of the best in the business. I am currently working as the Marketing and Promotions Intern with the Boston University Athletics Department, which has been a totally different and really fun experience. My boss is actually a Simmons grad and we connected at the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Annual Alumni/a Networking Dinner last November.

How has your time at Simmons prepared you for your career? 

Simmons has prepared me for my career in more ways than I can fit here. I worked really hard to get those internships I just mentioned (and the full-time job at The Lenox), but I also credit Simmons a lot for giving me the confidence to go out and get these opportunities. The faculty I've had throughout my years here have been so supportive, but more importantly, they pushed me to be better. They gave me the impression that I was capable of anything and I can't even describe how beneficial that has been for me. Besides that, the projects I have done within the Communications Department and the School of Management have been projects that I would likely be doing in the real world. They taught me great time management and leadership skills, and helped me figure out how to work through challenges and come out with a successful outcome. I really don't think I would be the person I am today if I had chosen not to come to Simmons, and I will always be thankful for that.

Do you have any advice for students who are currently in the job search?  

I think the biggest piece of advice I would give would be to never give up on yourself. It's so easy to do, because the job search can be exhausting and disappointing, but it's so important to stay confident in yourself. Remind yourself why you are qualified for this job and why you would be so good at it. This will show in your interview, I promise. The other big thing I recommend would be, if you get an interview, do your research. I'm sure people have heard that before, but that's because it's so important. The more you know about the company and what they do, and what they stand for, the easier it will be for you give awesome answers to questions. Tie your answers into the company or organization's mission statement. I spent so much time researching The Lenox and looking at anything and everything I could find online. Read every single page of the website, then do it again. Then look at recent news articles or press the company has gotten, or any recent press releases. I guarantee all that research will pay off in your interview.