The Walter Center recently contacted Logan Phillippo (Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures ’08 graduate) to learn more about his professional experience since graduating from IU.
Describe your career path:
My first job after graduating was teaching English as foreign language at a high school in Busan, South Korea. While I absolutely loved the experience, I viewed the job as only a job and not something on which I could develop a career. While my career did eventually take an entirely different path, my perception that teaching was just a “job”, limited my professional development. Now I provide analytical operational support, as Management Analyst, to the City of Beverly Hills’ Public Works Department as it relates to four bureaus: Facilities Maintenance, Parking Enforcement, Parking Services and Project Administration. The Department maintains more than 3 million square feet of office, warehouse and leased tenant space, provides service to more than 3.5 million parking customers each year and manages a large number of capital improvement projects for the benefit of all community stakeholders. My role is to coordinate projects, assist managers with the budget process and to synthesize information for various City executives and elected or appointed officials in staff reports and during public meetings. The job involves numerous hours of research on any given topic, and topics are constantly changing or being refined. My favorite part of the job is using my research or insights incorporated into a formal policy recommendation.
What surprised you most about the transition from college to full-time work?
There is no reset each semester in the world of full-time work. While old projects may get completed and new ones will come along, the decisions made yesterday have an impact on the work being done today. Also, you are will work many, many hours with the same people. It is totally worth investing in your professional relationships for the sake of your work product and for the sake of enjoying your time at work.
Logan Phillippo welcomes students to connect with him on LinkedIn to learn more about his career journey post-graduation.