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Catherine Rogers ‘12, originally planned to pursue a career in engineering. Eventually, though, she followed her heart to art and business.
Catherine lived in Kwajelein Atoll in the Marshal Islands for eight years, where she learned about many different career options. While she was always passionate about art and history, two books in particular enlightened her to possible career paths in this area.
“After reading Judith Benhamou-Huet’sThe Worth of Art: Pricing the Pricelessand Thomas Hoving’s Making The Mummies Dance, I became fascinated with the art industry,” said Catherine. “The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook suggests a business degree in conjunction with an art history degree for museum employees.”
When she first toured Carthage, she met a member of Carthage’s Pi Sigma Epsilon, a chapter of the national sales and marketing fraternity. “He was passionate about his organization and told me all the opportunities that were available to him through PSE,” Catherine said.
Since coming to Carthage, Catherine has not only become actively involved in Pi Sigma Epsilon — she is currently the president — but she has also been active in many other campus organizations. Catherine is in Kappa Pi National Art Honor Fraternity, Students in Free Enterprise, and is one of the founders of a student consulting group called Velocity Consulting, which provides Kenosha-area businesses and non-profit agencies with services in marketing, branding, graphic design, web development, accounting, finance and editing.
Like many, she has concerns about finding a job after graduation, but after talking to a student ambassador, Catherine decided that Carthage would give her a leg-up on the competition because of the emphasis on learning and application.
“Carthage employs professors who have worked in the fields they teach,” she explained. “This is the greatest thing about the business major at Carthage. The faculty know what’s going on now and have colleagues in a variety of fields who are willing to visit with, speak to, and hire students.
“I have had professors flat-out tell me that the textbook is already outdated and go on to talk about what employers are looking for now or the issues they are currently facing,” Catherine continued. “Then they emphasize that it’s important to come to class to listen to the lectures and special speakers since this information’s not in the textbooks yet.”
Catherine’s beyond-the-book learning has extended into her J-Term travels. She studied internationally in London and Greece.
In the course International Financial and Cultural Analysis of the United Kingdom, Professor Joe Wall brought Carthage students to the U.K. to study the application of risk management through the use of international contacts, currency hedging, forwards and futures. They also studied the relationship between culture and business in a European context.
“It was great and better than any classroom experience because we were encouraged to go out at night and ask London natives how they felt about financial and economic policies and cultural nuances,” Catherine said of the trip.
In 2011, she traveled to Greece for a J-Term course that explored the connections between art, architecture and religion in Ancient Greece. The course was taught byDan Schowalter, professor of religion and classics at Carthage, and Michael Nelson, an art historian and archaeologist at Queens College (CUNY).
“We also created connections between Greek history and modern day,” said Catherine. “We traveled with experienced archeologists who knew about and had a history with the regions. The two professors provided different outlooks and made us aware of current arguments and their own opinions.”
Currently, Catherine is applying for jobs and graduate schools. Originally, her plan was to go directly into higher education, but she has decided to see where life takes her.
“Over the past four years I’ve opened my mind from going directly into more education,” she concluded. “I will weigh my options and go from there.”
To work in a museum, as a brand manager, or in corporate retail as a marketer or department store buyer of runway fashions.
“I’m split equally between Joe Wall and J.J. Shields. I went to London with Prof. Wall and had a great time and really learned a lot about a subject I hadn’t studied before. He made me look at finance and my future career goals differently. J.J. has been my marketing professor for two classes and is the professor I find myself referencing and quoting most often. He has been a mentor and guide through creating Velocity Consulting and my own career path.”
“My favorite business class was my J-Term trip to London. Not only was it fun, but also I was taught both in a classroom with London-based guest professors from different European countries, and at businesses such as Lloyds of London or The Financial Times. Overall, 20th Century American Art with Carolyn Hudson has been my favorite. Prof Hudson has a great teaching method and I grew to approach art differently after that class. I apply the theories to my everyday life.”
“My hardest business class was Marketing Principles. The subject and material were expected but the big class marketing plan project took a lot of time and effort. I had to put a lot of effort into it, but I created a document of which I am really proud. Overall, my hardest class has been my Art History Research Methods class. It was a very academic, scholarly based class that took me a lot of time to adjust to the rhetoric. I’ve never been in a class stressing original research before and was a change of pace.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“SIFE regional and national competitions — hands down. It’s the accumulation of a whole year’s worth of work and projects. We can see how we’ve impacted the community and have the opportunity to tell business professionals about what we’ve done.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“The success of Velocity Consulting, and the response the campus and business community has had to our work and efforts.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Google the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook and find the stats, facts and job outlook on your possible career. No matter what your passion is, consider a business major. It can open so many more doors for you. Like my father says, ‘no matter how good you are, there is always someone out there better than you.’ Like General Steal told me over brunch as a second grader, ‘to succeed you must do three things: excel in sports, do well in school, and most importantly, before you can lead others, you must first lead yourself.’”