How the MDP Helped Hilary Jumpstart Her Career and Prepare for Her Future at Dell Technologies
Hilary B. | Global Creative Lead for Dell.com | Boston, MA
The Marketing Development Program is designed to attract and retain top talent from Colleges, Universities, Community Colleges, and Vocational Programs, as well as Diversity & Inclusion conferences to build the marketing talent pipeline. Program members experience four 6-month rotations with different marketing teams, gaining valuable hands-on experience and exposure to various marketing disciplines. Members also get access to exclusive trainings, career coaching, executive exposure, and networking opportunities to help accelerate their success at Dell. Hilary, a MDP 2022 graduate, reflects on her time in the program and how it has helped shape her career.
I am grateful I was able to continue my love for marketing with the help of the MDP. During my time in the program, I had two great roles: Social Media Manager for Dell Tech World on the Event Acquisitions Team and Executive Social Influence Manager in Field and Partner Marketing. After graduating from the MDP, I am now the Global Creative Lead for dell.com, focusing on both the content and strategy for OptiPlex desktops and Cloud Client Space Workplace. I work closely with Dell Blue, our internal agency, to review content and then send it to the digital team to code it into dell.com so it is available in regions worldwide.
Some of my passions include creativity, innovation, and building things from the ground up. From a psychological standpoint, you could have the best brand, product, and ads, but all of that will mean nothing if you lack the ability to connect with consumers and form a relationship. At the intersection of this, is what I am passionate about. I love content creation, strategy, and interpersonal connections. I always keep in mind, what is the story we are we trying to tell and how can we show it to the world in a digestible way. I am proud to say I get to exercise my passion in my current role!
Reflecting on your time in the MDP, what was your favorite part of the program?
My favorite part of the MDP was hands-down the community, which was such a built-in part of the program. When I graduated from the program, I was nominated to give a graduation speech. I talked about how I was so grateful to come into such a large company with a cohort, all of whom were at the same stage of life, their career, and the program. We were doing it all together! I couldn’t imagine joining a large, mostly remote company without a cohort. The incredible group of individuals, who made up my cohort and the MDP leaders, were my go-to people to ask those silly questions that I was too embarrassed to ask others. All in all, having this community and cohort was an invaluable experience to have so early in my career.
What advice would you give potential candidates considering joining the MDP?
The biggest piece of advice I always give is to “be yourself”. At the stage of your life when you are a senior in college looking for a job, there are so many voices coming in telling you how to act. People tell you how to dress, act, what to wear in interviews, and what a resume should look like. Sometimes when you first start a career, it can seem like you are playing dress up. However, you need to understand you don’t need to play the part, but rather you should be the part! You must know who you are: know your strengths, know how you want to improve, and of course advocate for yourself. Doing all of this will not only prepare you for the program but opportunities in general. The MDP leaders want to know your interests and where to place you in future rotations, so knowing your authentic self will set you up for success.
Second, see each MDP rotation as a learning opportunity and have an open mind. You may find out you absolutely love a role you didn’t originally expect to like. Or you may go into a role thinking you’ll like it, only to discover it isn’t for you. Keep in mind, there is a silver lining to learning about what you don’t like – it is just as valuable as a learning experience as learning what you do like.
Third, if you ever feel like a small fish in a big pond, don’t let someone’s “high status” in the company scare you. In these instances, it is crucial to recognize that we are all people. If you want to reach out to someone, go for it!
To learn more about graduate programs at Dell and life at Dell, visit jobs.dell.com/graduates and our stories.
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