Collegiate DECA Opens Doors - Networking!
Being in DECA really allowed me to kick start my career path. Not knowing what I was getting myself
into, I signed up for marketing and DECA my senior year of high school, simply just to fulfill an additional
elective credit. Little did I know at the time that it would lead me on a five year journey from there.
DECA really opened up my eyes to the marketing world, and I instantly knew that this was my passion. I
decided to pursue a degree in Marketing at Arizona State University, and would later go on to receive
double majors in Marketing and Tourism Management. Not only did DECA steer me in the right direction
in my career path, it opened up many doors along the way.
Every day was a new networking opportunity with DECA. I had the privilege to travel to Orlando, FL for
ICDC my senior year of high school, and met a number of other students that I keep in contact with to
this day. I was an active member in Collegiate DECA at ASU for my four years there, and I served as Vice
President for one of those years. Through staying in contact with fellow DECA members, I was able to
secure a digital marketing position with Choice Hotels International following graduation, in which my
director is a fellow DECA alumni as well.
If I could offer one piece of advice to current or future DECA members, it would be don’t let any
opportunity pass you by. Take advantage of every career fair, every networking event, and every time
you meet somebody new. You never know if they will end up being your future boss.
Over the last few years of college, I have constantly been told about how I needed to do this or
that in order to secure an internship. At first, I did not think it was very important- I could just get an internship after I graduate, right? Wrong. Securing a good internship with a desired employer is
extremely important, preferably before Senior year. Employers look at prior internship experience when deciding full-time position offers. I realized the importance of an internship through Collegiate DECA at Scottsdale Community College. I joined during my Sophomore year, and did not know very much about how to obtain that dream internship. I thought I knew how to actually “get” it, but I had no idea about the importance of how to network and interview, etc., in order to get it. I learned these things through participation in my DECA Chapter’s industry visits and chapter meetings. I also sharpened my public speaking skills by competing in one of the conferences. I was so scared to compete because I sometimes get very severe stage fright; however, with the support from Sue Sandblom, Collegiate DECA State Director, and the fellow DECA members, I faced the fear and actually won 2nd place in marketing
I recently was honored with the opportunity to intern with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office
this last Summer, and I just received an offer to intern with Deloitte next Summer. I know a large part of the reason for these successes is my involvement with DECA. If you want to be successful and set yourself apart, I recommend getting involved with DECA. Even if you’re busy, it is definitely worth the investment. The things I learned through DECA are priceless, and gave me the edge I needed to land these internships. If you’re doubting, just get involved with DECA and soak up the opportunity! I’m sure glad I did. It is much more affordable than other clubs I’ve been involved in, and it offers much more interaction. I also met some amazing people met in my chapter who helped me more than they know, including Sue Sandblom, State Director. Join DECA! That is all I can say.
Our Alumni for the month of November- Former ASU Collegiate DECA Officer Devesh Tuteja! Devesh is now working at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst! Devesh also put his entrepreneurship skills to work by launching Devil's Connect. This tool connects Sun Devils through integrating calendars and automatically populating course due dates for projects. Find out how Collegiate DECA helped his career!
“ Memories at Collegiate DECA will forever be cherished! I joined Collegiate DECA in 2011, this organization since has exposed me to opportunities beyond the closed walls and has helped me grow as an individual. As an alumni, I feel proud to share my accomplishments with my co-workers. Engaging with students from different nationalities, sharing ideas, seeking feedback and developing people skills are an integral part of this organization. Collegiate DECA opened various doors for me in my career and the skills I learnt here are helping me grow in my professional career after college as well, this according to me is what makes Collegiate DECA an unforgettable experience for each of its members! “
Our Alumni for the month of October - Former GCU Collegiate DECA President Avis Rojas! Find out about how Colligate DECA helped launch her career!
Collegiate DECA helped me grow in many aspects of my life, as a student, a leader, and a professional. I received a dual degree in Marketing and Sociology and competed always in Business Ethics and Marketing. Learning about the business industry and the areas I competed in helped me, understand why I had chosen my major, how the customer is always the most important asset to a company, and how to take care of it.
Now as a professional, I am in Sales and when I talk to customers, I always think back on what I learned in DECA, why I need to make sure I get to know my customer and give them the best product that fits their needs. Collegiate DECA became more than just an organization I was a part of, I was able to find a place where I felt like I belonged, and over time, the members became part of my family. I met my closest college friends though Collegiate DECA and I also grew as a leader. In the process of becoming a leader in my school chapter, I was able to find that I am a servant leader and I love working for people. I enjoy leading people to transform them and now I look back and see some of the freshman that are now juniors and are leading the chapter and to me it is so rewarding to see how much they have grown. Joining Collegiate DECA is one of the best decisions I made.