Stephen Troll '14

Stephen TrollMajor: Marketing
Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Describe your current job role:

I’m an account executive for, the largest language translation service provider in the world. I am based in West Palm Beach, Florida but we are headquartered in New York.  I consult with global corporations on their multilingual approach and sell translation services and technology solutions. It’s a unique and growing market, since companies are expanding internationally.

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

While at PBA, I developed sales skills during a summer internship with Commercial Consultants, where I  shadowed a seasoned sales professional. I was also the marketing intern at ION Media Networks during my senior year, where I learned how to be a part of a successful marketing team for a major broadcasting network. 

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

Being a working professional is, well, hard work. Developing different skills and achieving milestones is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s important to always be coachable as well as patient. 

"...finding a mentor can be challenging and maybe even a little awkward at first, but it is extremely rewarding." 

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA is blessed to have professors and local business professionals that invest so much in their students. I was provided with so many opportunities to learn from and be inspired by those individuals in and out of the classroom. Additionally, PBA provided an environment to grow in my faith as well as provide leadership opportunities. From being a Resident Assistant and Fish Leader, to a cast member on Monday Night Live, the community and growth I experienced was phenomenal. 

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

Gain experience by working in more than one internship. This will not only reveal what areas you will like and dislike, but it will also expand your network of potential employers post-grad. Most importantly, be coachable and surround yourself with people who challenge you. For young alumnus, I may sound like a broken record, but network, network, network! Find young professional and philanthropic groups that share similar interests and passions.  Always update your resume (Career Development can help) and go to interviews as often as possible. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Finding a mentor can be challenging and maybe even a little awkward at first, but it is extremely rewarding. That's how I have been able to grow in my profession and learn valuable tactics that can be applied anywhere. Finding a veteran individual in your field that will answer questions is an important key to success.

Spotlight posted in June 2018. For current updates from Stephen, visit his LinkedIn page.