Faith A. Middleton '17

Faith A. MiddletonMajor: International Business
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Describe your current job role:

Currently, I work in marketing and operations for a jewelry business on Palm Beach. One of my roles is to create and execute marketing campaigns. I love how creative I am allowed to be with these projects. I assist with celebrity styling for Vogue, Conde Nast, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and other editorials. Operationally, I find new tech opportunities we can capitalize on in order to be more efficient. We manufacture the jewelry collection in Italy, and it has been a blast to observe the manufacturing process in Europe since I am accustomed to manufacturing in Asia. The business recently started a sister brand in the Warehouse District in West Palm Beach, and I have taken the position of store manager. It has been so thrilling to help launch this project and start this new business. I’m all about market research and merchandise buying, which are a couple of roles I currently help with. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I attended the career fair during my first semester in September 2013. I was hired by a local tech company and stayed with the company all four years of college. I enjoy school, but as a tactile learner, it was extremely useful for me to learn from this job. As an International Business major, I learned about other cultures’ business practices. That knowledge has helped me with correspondence responsibilities within my job - dealing with retailers, distributors, and factories in Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Canada. A couple times a year I would attend tradeshows and meetings with retailers and distributors in California, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and other destinations. My junior year, I became the production manager and had the opportunity to visit our factory in China and oversee the production processes. During my four years, I held other roles in bookkeeping, customer support, and management of interns and employees. Experiencing each aspect of the business really helped groom me to start my own firm one day. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I wish I had known to respect the process of learning and growing. I am a very idealistic person in my goal setting and execution. I realized that each step, whether big or small, exciting or mundane, is accumulating to take me to where I should be with my career.

"Try not to compare your path to others and don't rush the process of learning and growing."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

Professors who shared their own experiences and case studies helped me envision what the world of business would be like. As an International Business major, I’ve studied each aspect of business on an international level. This experience of studying the processes on a textbook level has helped me in the actual world of work. Learning how to use the Research Lib Guides has also tremendously helped me with my current roles.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Place yourself in a job and industry you think you would like to grow in. Even if it seems like a silly or insignificant job in the industry you want to be, you can grow within that industry. You can make connections, which are extremely important, and find where it is you exactly want to be. Working should be enjoyable - not every place or position will be, but move and change if possible. Always be looking to improve your position and look for new opportunities. Try not to compare your path to others and don’t rush the process of learning and growing.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? 

Yes, I am currently being mentored by an international business woman. She is encouraging and inspiring. It has been extremely rewarding to hear of her past work experiences. She is constantly pushing me to strive to learn more and to achieve more.

 Spotlight posted in March 2018. For current updates from Faith, visit her LinkedIn page.