Missi Groller '12

Missi GrollerMajor: Philosophy
Hometown: Deptford, NJ

Describe your current job role:

I am a Program Coordinator at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in the division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychology. I work with a unique, campus-wide program in which persons 50 years and older can audit undergraduate courses in an effort to encourage intergenerational learning.

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

Prior to my role at UCLA, I worked as an Admissions Counselor at PBA. This job was a perfect fit for me after my time as a student at PBA because I was highly involved in student life across campus working in offices such as Student Success, Career Development, and Welcome Week. 

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

I wish I had taken advantage of more networking events and internships. Networking and interning are excellent opportunities to meet professionals in your field of study. Creating and sustaining those connections will benefit you greatly as you enter the workforce. 

"Trust the process!"

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA provided me with a strong foundation as a critical thinker. My professors not only challenged me academically, but also encouraged me in my faith, which has sustained me throughout the seasons of my career. 

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

Trust the process! You may not land the job of your dreams as soon as you graduate, but your hard work will pay off. Be sure to approach your work with attention to detail and build rapport with your co-workers. Finally, ask for feedback from your supervisor. Being able to respond positively to constructive criticism is a skill that you will value in all stages of life.  

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

I haven’t had any professional mentors per se, but I have taken advantage of the vast world of podcasts. I spend about 10-12 hours commuting each week, and using that time in the car to listen to great leaders provides me with a fresh perspective. 

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