James Mallinson ‘16 | Where Is He Now?
James Mallinson graduated from Stony Brook University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Marketing. He currently works in the Marketing Department at American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing while pursuing his MBA from Long Island University.
Company: AIP Publishing
Degree Type: BA in Psychology with concentration in Marketing
What’s your 30-60 second elevator pitch?
I’m a marketing professional currently pursuing my MBA from LIU Post. I earned my B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Marketing from Stony Brook University. As a CampusTap mentor who was in your shoes not long ago, I am here to help you navigate through the chaos.
Did you consider any other careers as a student? If yes, which ones? What changed your mind?
I thought about becoming a Guidance Counselor early in my college career. I switched my B.A. concentration to Marketing in my junior year while exploring different career options, and after taking Consumer Behavior (BUS 359), I realized that I craved a path which allowed for a deeper and more significant influence on a larger scale. Naturally, I fell in love with Marketing.
Who or what experience influenced your career growth the most while at SBU?
Professor Abbruscato’s Marketing Strategy class (BUS 448) was definitely a big influence for me. My class was given the task of coming up with an effective strategy on how GEICO can retain millennials in their Management Development Program. We came up with multiple goals, objectives, and recommendations, and presented our findings to 9 GEICO executives including the Vice President of GEICO and the Regional College Recruiter. This was incredibly valuable real-world marketing experience that we were fortunate enough to gain while still in college.
What do you wish you had known as a student?
It’s okay not to have your entire life mapped out. The major you choose will not make or break you.
What piece of advice would you offer students looking to get into your area of interest and expertise?
Learn skills in demand for the field you want to go into before you graduate. There are so many different areas of marketing. Resources such as Lynda and Udemy give you the ability to learn skills that employers are looking for at little-to-no cost. Learn these skills before you graduate and create a portfolio to make yourself more marketable in today’s competitive workforce. Also, I’m sure you hear it all the time, but it’s so important to join clubs and organizations. Your time at Stony Brook is short. This is your chance to network with other students with common goals and interests outside of the classroom.