Jessica McCarthy, CatholicU '21, is a Finance and Sales student from Springfield, PA. She accepted a job as a Sales Development Representative at ZoomInfo. Below, she shares her experiences in the Busch School and at Catholic University:
Briefly describe your new job opportunity.
"I will engage and qualify leads to create a pipeline for ZoomInfo's Account Executives while also preparing myself to step into additional responsibilities within the company."
How did your Busch School and Catholic University education help you find this career path?
"The Busch School gave me a space to really discern my vocation in business. I have always felt called to help people and over the last four years I was able to learn, practice, and study different avenues that I was passionate in and make it a career. The support of my mentors Mary Unverferth, Alexandra Walton, Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, and my Sales professors allowed me to know exactly what I was meant to do. As I enter a career in Sales, I am doing what I am called to do, help people and enhance their business in a meaningful way."
What activities were you involved in during undergrad?
- "President of Dean’s Student Advisory Council 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
- Student Experience Intern at The Busch School of Business
- Campus Ministry Cardinal Service Corps Leadership Team
- CatholicU Service & Justice Immersion Program Participant to Kingston, Jamaica"
What were some highlights of your time at Catholic University?
"Traveling to Kingston, Jamaica with CatholicU Service & Justice Immersion Program was life-changing. Leaving that trip, I wanted to be better and do better for those around me. This trip has inspired me to take all the resources I have and help others to the best of my ability. This opened many doors to serve/volunteer here in DC, create the Faith and Service Club here at The Busch School, and even start a non-profit organization called Prince of Peace Foundation. I am working with an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica to give the girls resources that they need. (For example: each girl got a COVID 19 care packages during Summer). Another major highlight was fostering a relationship with the Busch Family. They are very generous and have a strong presence at our school. From coming up with the Meet and Greet reception with Tim and Steph Busch to chatting with Kenzie Busch on her book, The Paperboy: An Oral History of a Living Legend, My Dad, Tim Busch with DSAC, I am grateful for the relationships I have built with the Busch family and the example they show Busch School students."
What advice do you have for students during their job search?
"I had a plan going into my senior year. Throughout first semester I had short term and long term goals.
Short term: perfect my resume, practice with Career Developments mock interviews, etc.
Long term: get a job with a company I see myself growing with and start my career in Sales.
Having a plan allowed me to stay focus. I met with career development throughout this entire process as a way of talking it out with someone. Mary Unverferth gave me meaningful advice and helped me practice so when it was time for the interview at ZoomInfo I felt super prepared. I left that interview feeling like I gave them a full representation of who I am and what I could be to the company and thankfully I can say I received and accepted an offer from them."