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Graduating During a Recession: Marketing and Communication Sector

Join the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement on Thursday, August 20th from 1-2PM for a discussion with alumni from the Class of 2008 and 2009 about what it was like graduating following the 2008 market crash.

For our third industry focused discussion, we will be joined by Gabriel Hitt '08 and Emily Lirag '09 who will share their experiences seeking a career in Marketing and Communications Sector during a recession. Gabriel and Emily will speak on the challenges, successes, and resilience of starting a career during economic turmoil. Check out their bios below!

Topic: Marketing and Communications Sector 
Date: Thursday, August 20th 
Location: Zoom Meeting  (meeting link sent upon registration) 
Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM 

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Gabriel Hitt ’08

Like many others graduating in 08’, I think the thing I struggled with most was dealing with disappointment and realigning my expectations. I would tell my younger self to look into areas where demand is growing.  Be specific about the skills you’re interested in and put in the time to become an expert. When things pick up you’ll have a leg up on the competition.

Emily Lirag ’09

Over the past 10 years, Emily has worked at some of the top creative agencies in NYC helping to provide digital solutions to top brands like: Verizon Wireless, Citigroup and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. After working as an agency partner, she was brought in house at Citigroup on the ThankYou Rewards marketing team and later brought her digital expertise to Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management group. Most recently, Emily has taken her talents to the west coast and now lives in San Francisco as a freelancer contracting for Google.