Starting her first job at a global business advisory firm was no sweat for Isabella Carrillo ’15 CLAS. She had the career-ready credentials.
As a Communications student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Carrillo worked with a team of fellow students on a promotional campaign for Campbell’s Soup Company and pitched it to industry executives. For the project, she compiled research on target audience trends and preferences, created promotional graphics and developed the six-month promotional schedule for the campaign. With real-world experience and hands-on learning like that, Carrillo was set-up for success.
“My liberal arts education at Villanova University undoubtedly prepared me for a career in business,” she says. “My public relations, advertising and consulting courses helped me to refine my writing, research, presentation and interpersonal communications skills and set the foundation for me to begin to think critically about how communications can be applied in a business setting.”
Today, as a consultant in the strategic communications division at FTI Consulting, which has more than 4,600 employees located in 29 countries, Carrillo’s duties include supporting four client accounts and assisting with new business research and proposals. She says the challenging and supportive environment at FTI has allowed her to grow both professionally and personally.
“I am proud to be able to say that not only have I been selected to work with all seven of the senior leaders on my team within my first year, but I am now liaising directly with clients on deliverables,” she says.
A testament to CLAS alumni succeeding in a challenging and changing world, Carrillo has also taken advantage of FTI’s entrepreneurial opportunities. She is co-leader of the office's philanthropy committee and runs the Thanksgiving food drive.
As a student Carrillo learned to think critically, communicate effectively and write well, but she knows the benefit of a Villanova education extends well beyond graduation.
“I am confident in knowing I have the Villanova network behind me—an impressive and extensive population of teachers, family, friends and alumni who are here to help us learn, grow and succeed,” Carrillo says.