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Success story | Laura

Tell us a little bit about yourself Laura

(Your studies, When did you join Dell etc.)

I attended Texas A&M University where I received my BBA in Accounting and MS in Marketing through the professional program of accounting. My journey with Dell began in May of 2013 when I was accepted into the summer Marketing MBA Internship Program. I accepted an offer to rejoin Dell full-time as a member of the Marketing Development Program in July of 2014.

What has your experience like as a University hire been? How did you hear about Dell and what was the application process like?

Being an Aggie at Dell has been a wonderful experience. The Aggie family at Dell seems to be never-ending. Having the opportunity to connect with people across the organization, from different backgrounds, is a wonderful career and networking opportunity. I first learned about Dell’s opportunities for students through its involvement with an organization I was in, the Mays Business School Fellows Program. I met a Dell IT professional at a networking event, and he told me about what his experience at the company had been like, and it seemed second to none. I applied for the summer Marketing MBA Internship Program through my university’s career portal, attended a corporate presentation, and landed an interview!

Why did you choose to come work at Dell?

I came to work at Dell because of the people. At the end of the day, the most important thing in any job is the people who surround you. I love the energy on my team, the people I work with, and the people I get to learn from. An organization’s people make all the difference in the world. When I was an intern, I realized there was something special about Dell – the authenticity of its people.

Did you participate in any internships or rotation programs before you were hired? If so, tell us about your experience.

Yes, I participated in both an internship and development program. My first experience with Dell was as a Marketing intern in the summer of 2013. As an intern, I was positioned in our Corporate Communications group where I focused on our online and social presence for our Women Powering Business Initiatives. When I rejoined Dell in July of 2014, I joined as a member of the Marketing Development Program. This year-long program serves as an opportunity for new talent to be immersed in the Dell culture, and take advantage of the variety of learning and social opportunities the program’s leaders work to provide.

What are some projects that you have recently been involved with and some of your career highlights at Dell?

One of my favorite projects I have worked on while at Dell is a career development programs video I co-led with a fellow Aggie. We were asked to create a video that captured the organization’s talent vision and how Dell’s development programs play an integral role. We led the entire recruitment video from beginning to end. From mapping out the storyboard, to interviewing executives for the video, to editing the content and footage, it was such an amazing experience. I love being able to pull the video up on YouTube and be able to point to something and say “I did that!”. 

How do you think Dell can help you achieve your career goals after graduation?

Besides the people, my second favorite aspect about Dell is the opportunity. Dell is a unique and amazing company in the sense of its opportunity. One of the most invigorating and exciting things I saw at Dell when I was an intern was the ability to gain experience and understanding in whatever area you are interested in. The ability to really drive and own my career is what fascinated me about Dell from the beginning, and is why I love coming to work every morning. Dell’s culture of ‘1-on-1’s’ encourages team members to meet with people from different areas across the organization and just simply learn. I love that my journey at Dell can be multi-faceted, that I can explore several opportunities within the same company, and have several different experiences within the same organization. 

How has Dell helped you in your learning and supported you in your first corporate environment?

Dell’s development programs are second to none. The support, network, and resources I was exposed to during my first year at Dell really set the tone for my first year. The ability to share in the experience of my first year with a cohort of people that had similar questions, challenges, and passions as me was invigorating. Going back to my favorite aspect of Dell, its people, the Marketing Development Program (or any of Dell’s development programs for that matter), are a fantastic way for recent hires to ramp up quickly and get connected in the business.

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