Taking Valuable Corporate Training to a Startup
Lauren Rubin, ’16 Fellow
Lauren was one of the lucky college seniors who had a clear vision of what kind of work she wanted to do after graduation. As a Supply Chain major at Penn State, she was highly sought after by large corporations looking for young people with her skills and often attended career fairs filled with Fortune 500 companies designed specifically for her major. Although Lauren seriously considered joining VFA’s class of 2014, she worried that a small startup wouldn’t have the resources she needed to become an expert in supply chain management. With this in mind, she accepted a job at Unilever at the end of her senior year, where she spent two years in planning and manufacturing roles.
Honing Her Skills
While Lauren’s experience was tremendous, and she had the opportunity to really hone her skills at a large company, after two years, she desired to work at a small company where she could become fully ingrained in the products and mission, and feel a sense of ownership over what she was working on.
Lauren thought a lot about VFA during her time at Unilever and felt ready to work on something she was passionate about. Two years after graduating from Penn State, she reapplied to VFA, joined the Class of 2016 and found a job as the Director of Supply Chain Innovations at a startup in Pittsburgh.
A New Direction
At Unilever, Lauren worked on very particular parts of the supply chain, even working on the planning portion for an entire year. At a startup, however, she would have the opportunity to have her hands in different parts of the business and to see all of the fruits of her labor come together. She was thrilled to take this next step in her career.
Training Camp did an excellent job of combining my personal life and professional life. I realized you can do what matters to you.
Taking Her Talent to a Startup
Joining her cohort at Training Camp with a very particular skills set, Lauren was excited to delve into things like website design and UI/UX training; something she would never have been exposed to at a large corporate job. Still, Lauren is incredibly grateful for the two years she had to develop as a professional and gain experience in her industry. Her work experience gave her the confidence to tackle the unique problems that she will encounter in her future career in startups!