Meghan McGowan '13 '17 On Her Simmons Education

April 14, 2017

Meghan shares how her degree provided her with the tools to thrive in her career

Picture of Meghan McGowanWhat did you study at the Simmons School of Management?

As an undergraduate at Simmons I studied Marketing and I’ve continued that focus at Simmons for my MBA. 

What was the job search like for you?

I started working at EMC after I graduated from Simmons as an undergraduate. A friend of mine was interning for them and knew that I was interested in participating in a rotational development program. It was a bit of a whirlwind application process, but the career services team at Simmons was really helpful in preparing for my interviews. 

What is a typical day like in your role as an Integrated Marketing Manager at Dell EMC? What are your main roles in your new job?

A typical day for me as an Integrated Marketing Manager at Dell EMC is hard to describe, because it’s always changing. Currently, I help to create an overall calendar view of all the events that are happening within the North Americas. This requires me to interact with 10+ events teams, field marketing, and sales to make sure that the necessary information is provided and that the information is accurate. 

How did you know that EMC was the right fit for you for the start of your career?

I started at EMC Corporation after I graduated from Simmons undergraduate college in 2013 and at the time I really didn’t know what I wanted to do in marketing. I was accepted into EMC’s Marketing Development Program, which was an on-boarding program that provided the flexibility to try out different roles. Throughout my 4 years with EMC I’ve been part of a large variety of teams across global and regional field marketing. 

What is the best part of your experience thus far?

The opportunity to experience so many different parts of marketing has been the best part of my experience at EMC. I’ve had the opportunity to not only work in an industry that was completely foreign to me, but to also work in areas of marketing that were unfamiliar. I’ve had some really supportive managers who encouraged me to try things and fail, helping me to grow as a marketer.

As a recent alum and new employee, what do you look forward to most in your career? 

The thing I most look forward to is continuing to apply the skills I have learned at Simmons to new growth opportunities. Starting out in the enterprise technology space, I’ve learned a lot about the opportunity for marketing in B2B industries. Technology is changing every industry and it’s exciting to me the opportunities in this space moving forwards, especially in Boston, which is a technology hub! 

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career? 

As of May 2017, I’ll be a dual-Simmons graduate and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without attending Simmons. Simmons helped me grow into a confident and self-assured marketing professional, which has been the best asset in my career to date. 

What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?

My advice is to not take this time for granted, because the resources and community at the School of Management are one of the best parts about the MBA program at Simmons. It’s such an amazing opportunity to explore, learn, and grow as a young professional. The community at Simmons is so supportive and willing to go the extra step to help a fellow Simmons alumna.