International Studies Alum Shares Advice

Valeria Fonseca (2014) used her International Studies degree and LAMP certificate to launch her career in Silicon Valley. In a region known for tech giants and growing startups, there is an increased need for individuals with a strong Liberal Arts background. According to Forbes, “The more that audacious coders dream of changing the world, the more they need to fill their companies with social alchemists who can connect with customers–and make progress seem pleasant.” Valeria’s has seen this first hand.

For junior and senior looking at career opportunities, Valeria offers some valuable lessons learned:

  • Use your summers. Get a job or internship where you can use your knowledge and build some tangible skills to complement your education.
  • Show growth and commitment in clubs and student groups. Instead of participating in 100 clubs, pick those you’re passionate about and dedicate time and energy to them.
  • Look at more than just job titles. Read the descriptions. Organizations use many different words to describe activities. The job may have a great title but if the description doesn’t fit your expectations, it may not be what you’re looking for. The same is true for titles that may not initially catch your eye but are exactly what you want.
  • Don’t limit yourself by what you think your major is a fit for. You’re gaining valuable skills and knowledge that go beyond one specific job or industry.

Learn more about Valeria’s career.


By Laura Fonseca
Laura Fonseca Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations Laura Fonseca