Alumni Spotlight: Vivan Daly’13

Name: Vivian Daly

03f6ee1Graduation Year: 2013

Major: Environmental Studies & Studio Art

Industry: Energy Efficiency

Favorite Class: Environmental Political Philosophy with Professor Hess

Campus Involvement: Eco-Action, Residence Life & Housing, Oxfam America

College Internship/Work Experience:
Regional Environmental Council Intern, Department of Environmental Protection Intern, Oxfam America Intern (SIP)

What were some of the most defining events/opportunities/aspects of your time at Holy Cross?

It’s really hard to pick the MOST defining experience I had at HC, I know that my life would have been totally different had I not gone there. One great experience that I feel helped me professionally (although I didn’t realize it at the time) was my work with Eco-Action. I was able to lead initiatives on campus and a group of environmentalists, getting hands on experience in leadership and management. In the professional world it can take years for someone to have the opportunity to manage a team and there I was doing it in college.

What is one thing someone should be certain to do before they graduate?
Try a lot of things and see what you’re passionate about, go on retreats, join clubs, take new classes.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
This probably applies to every field, but learn from every role you have and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone. I began working at my organization in an Inside Sales role, never in my life had I thought I would be a sales person and while sales is not something I want to peruse long term I was able to learn so much in the role and refine my communication skills. Also, never be afraid to network, most people are so excited to talk to a recent grad interested in joining their field.

What skills have you found most useful in your professional life that you attribute from learning at Holy Cross?
Leadership. I always took advantage of different leadership workshops and roles in various organizations. The leadership skills I gained while at HC helped me jump ahead in my professional career.

What is the most important advice you could give a student on obtaining an internship or a job?
Apply to things you’re interested in and excited about. Not only will your enthusiasm and passion help you obtain positions, but you’ll be energized and excited to be working for your organization. Also, always send thank you notes!