The Stephens alumnae connection has done it again.

This time, Kat Nguyen ’17 snagged a job as the studio office coordinator for the Disney Digital Network in Los Angeles, thanks to a network of Stephens women that started with a tip from Tennessee Martin ’11 and ended with the support of Samantha Schwartzman ’11, who works in the same office.

The connection started last summer when Nguyen and other film students visited Los Angeles and met several Stephens alumnae, including Martin and Schwartzman, who live in the area.

Once Martin learned there was an opening in Schwartzman’s office, she set the ball rolling by reaching out to Nguyen. The rest was the beauty of the alumnae connection.

In fact, this isn’t the first time Stephens alumnae have helped Nguyen, who graduated with a degree in digital filmmaking.

“I’ve had two internships and three jobs — all of considerable length, relating to my field — that have come from someone I know through Stephens,” she said. “The keys are people skills, work ethic and connections.” 

So far, Nguyen hasn’t worked directly with Schwartzman, who is production manager of the office, but she’s assisted with maintaining documents and other clerical tasks.

“Sam sits right behind me,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen’s other responsibilities include supporting the senior producers and directors with implementing processes, coordinating meetings and office production assistant work. She said her experience at Stephens prepared her for the challenges of working in the real world.

“Stephens challenged me to take charge of everything I had the opportunity to do,” Nguyen said. “I was a leader on campus, and I connected with as many alumnae and outside mentors as I could. I sought out internships through the experiences and connections that I made.

“I also developed the people skills and work ethic that allowed me to succeed not just in the film industry, but in any position. Once you get the job, all you need are people skills and work ethic.” 

Nguyen’s advice to students is simple: “Be eager, be kind, be appreciative, give back.”

Tags : Alumnae Achievement, Digital Filmmaking

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