"SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO DO THE DIFFICULT STUFF TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE PEOPLE TRUST YOU TO DO THE GOOD STUFF”
Title: Advanced Representative for the Governor
College: UMass Boston
Major: Political Science
First Job: Marine Corps
Current Salary: $45,000-$60,000
After beginning his career with the Marine Corps--an experience that changed his outlook on life-- he was hired as the internship coordinator at the State House. In his current role as an Advanced Representative for the Governor, Nicholas tries to learn and grow as a social sector professional and leader by observing and engaging with all of the diverse individuals he comes across.
What was a turning point in your career?
When I left high school I didn't go to college, I went to the Marine Corps instead. Although that was the start of my professional life, in a way I would still say that was a turning point for me. It molded my outlook on life. I was thrown into the realm of responsibilities before I might have been entirely ready. Having discipline, work ethic, and being tactful are all things I learned that have contributed to the foundation of everything I do.
What the best advice you ever got from a work mentor?
You can learn something from every single person you meet. If you see a person engage in a certain way, or speak about something in a certain way, you can focus on that and try and mimic it yourself. You'd be surprised at how far that can take you. Any good quality I have is based off a person in my life I’ve tried to mimic.
What advice would you give to a college student looking to build a career as a problem solver?
No matter what your career is going to be you have to really want to work hard. If you're actively trying to become better day in and day out, it’s going to lead you in the right direction. You have to understand you're not going to just go into any internship and show people the first day that you're the best there is. It takes a period of time to prove yourself. Sometimes you have to do the difficult stuff to get to the point where people trust you to do the good stuff.
What’s a potential next step in your career?
I have no idea and I'm not scared of that. I know if I take every opportunity, and do every job I’m given to the best of my ability, I’m going to be given another opportunity. I’ll never get complacent and I’ll always continue to work on myself. I’m hoping I’ll be lead in the right direction with that mindset. Also, when you're 22, money should not be your first priority. Being put in a position where you get exposure, experience, and the opportunity to be responsible for something is a far greater indicator of wealth than actual salary is.