A new Instagram Live series, presented by Bryant University’s Amica Center for Career Education, helps students visualize their futures with regular interviews featuring Bryant alumni who have exciting jobs across a range of in-demand fields including music, sports, publishing, and entertainment.
During the interviews, Amica Center Career Coach Nicolle Potvin speaks with alumni about their current jobs and the journey that took them there, providing industry-specific information and guidance. “We aim for students to leave each interview with real, concrete advice that will help them take the next step,” she says.
Recent guests included Cory Lunn ’09, Senior Privacy Program Manager at TikTok; Isabela Davis ’07, formerly Music and Entertainment Lead—Commerce Partnerships at Meta and now Sr. Project Manager, Amazon Ads, at Amazon; Margot Becker Giblin ’12, Executive Director, West Coast, for Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and Clevver at Hearst Magazines; and David Giardino ’09, Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy at NBC Sports.
The guests are selected according to student interest. Potvin keeps track of the employers and industries that are seen as dream jobs by Bryant’s students and then reaches out to the University’s 50,000-person strong alumni network to find representatives. “So many of our alumni are eager to help out the next generation,” Potvin notes.
The Instagram interviews started as a necessity during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Potvin says, but she found that the format made them more accessible to Bryant students and allowed for interviews with alumni living across the country.
Bryant’s range of successful alumni demonstrates how the University’s interdisciplinary education prepares students for careers in a range of fields, says Potvin, who notes that 99 percent of Bryant graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation and their median starting salary is $64,000. “The mix of business and the arts and sciences that Bryant students learn here sets them apart,” she says. “Whatever field they’re going into, that combination helps them find success.”