Alumni Spotlight: Victoria DiPiazza, Class of 2016

What’s happening in your career right now?

I am a Digital Merchandise Assistant for Women’s Contemporary at Saks Fifth Avenue. I work with the Buying and Category Management teams to track over 140 brands and 3,000+ products each season to ensure they are available to purchase during their respective shipping windows. I work closely with our studio team to guarantee our assets represent the product in the best way possible. I also collaborate with our Category Managers to track and select items for editorial features.

How did LIM College prepare you for your career?

Between my merchandising courses, being a part of the National Retail Federation Student Association and Student Life Activities Board, and my internships, LIM gave me more than just a textbook education. LIM gave me real-life experiences that students at other schools wouldn’t be able to have. My confidence in business environments grew so much and that has helped me become a hard worker and leader.

Did you have mentors at LIM? How have they helped you?

The professors at LIM are not only a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the industry, they are also great role models and caring people. Professors Greene, Miller, and Alfonso always helped me during my time at LIM. Gail Nardin in the Office of Institutional Advancement also inspired me to make the decision to do my Senior Co-op internship in London (like she did when she was a student at LIM).

What’s been the best decision you’ve made for your career?

Making the decision to complete my Senior Co-Op internship in London for an eCommerce website was the best choice I’ve made for my career. Gaining digital experience and international business exposure, while also having the opportunity to travel the world, was such a thrill. The digital experience I gained helped me land my current position.

If you could go back in time and give career advice to your younger self, what would you say?

Patience is key. If you rush and say yes to the first company that makes you an offer, you may not end up where you want to be. Everything that is meant to be will find its way. And it’s o.k. to get rejected, because it means that job may not have been the right fit for you and your career path.