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Where Are They Now? ASI Alumni

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Every year ASI hires 300 great Sac State students to work in the various departments and programs. Each of these students bring unique experiences to the work they do and these employment opportunities often supplement the content that they are learning in the classroom. Throughout the year we will highlight some of these former employees and what they are currently doing after graduation.

IN THIS ISSUE: MEET CHAO VANG, MICHELLE PHI & DANIEL E. JACKSON

1455192_10100182865597933_98577491_nChao Vang

m.a. Education, 2013
Former Student Assistant, ASI Children’s Center

Current Position:

Career Counselor and Experiential Learning Coordinator, Sacramento State Career Center
Ed.D Candidate, Sacramento State –  May 2016

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How did working for asi help your career goals?

I am strongly committed to develop holistic student educational plans and capacity building for students to enhance personal, academic and social performance. My unique K-12 and higher education classroom experience, including extensive community engagement and three years experience at the children’s center provided the foundation for my career path. As a first generation and low income college graduate, the mentorship from Sherry, Cal, Alma, Mary, Dannah and others at the children’s center was the first step in my commitment to ensure all students are equipped with the necessary skills, behaviors, and knowledge to be successful. It is this direct experience that has been instrumental to my strong time management skills, optimal work ethic, considerable leadership and effective communications skills, including deep cultural sensitivity as a career counselor.

ONE THING YOU MISS ABOUT SAC STATE?

Currently, I am in my final year at Sacramento State as a member of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. Having spent the last ten years at this institution, has afforded me the opportunity to work both in student affairs and academic affairs. I am very optimistic and will continue to draw motivation from each person I come into contact, especially our talented students so I stay inspired.


IMG_0211Michelle Phi

B.A. Journalism, 2013
Former Marketing Associate, ASI Marketing Department

CURRENT POSITION:

Writer/Associate Producer, Defy Media

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VOLUNTEER WORK:

Volunteer at AfterBuzz Network

HOW DID WORKING FOR ASI HELP YOUR CAREER GOALS?

Working at ASI definitely honed my communication and networking skills — which definitely helped my career goals. It pushed me out of my comfort zone to be more outgoing. Some of the programs I worked with while I was at ASI Marketing are being used in my current workplace.

Always take a chance and step out of your comfort zone. It may be uncomfortable, but your future self will definitely thank you for it.


 

1 Daniel E. Jackson HeadshotDaniel E. Jackson

B.A. Communications – Public Relations, 2013
Former A-Team Event Coordinator, ASI Hot Spot Manager, ASI Student Life and Services Department

CURRENT POSITION:

New Media Programming Coordinator, E! Online, NBCUniversal

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Volunteer work:

Volunteer/freelance writer and producer for Fit and Fab Los Angeles (fitandfablosangeles.com) and Pop Hearts TV 

HOW DID WORKING FOR ASI HELP YOUR CAREER GOALS?

The experience I gained working for ASI has been invaluable. My positions allowed me to grow creatively and gain perspectives and experiences that I use in my current position with E! Online.

Internships are the key to getting the best and most applicable experience for your field.

ONE THING YOU MISS ABOUT SAC STATE?

The 50 cent iced coffee

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