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Magda Losonczy Interview
Name: Magda Losonczy
School: Columbia University
Current Position: Account Manager, Strategy
Could you give a brief description of your current job and responsibilities?
I manage the day to day client relationships across three key accounts and I am responsible for the overall account planning and strategy for all initiatives that fall within those accounts. I oversee day-to-day creative execution of deliverables working with the creative, development and project management teams to ensure that projects are completed up to client standards and specifications.
How has your experience in NextGen helped you in your current position?
The NextGen program was extremely helpful in both helping me figure out what kind of environment I want to work in as well how to maximize my learning experience in a given company. When I participated in the NextGen program, I was able to work on the agency, consulting and client side of marketing. I got a feel for what kind of atmosphere was best for me, and I realized that an agency or consulting firm was more ideal given the breadth and depth of projects I could work on all at once. In addition, when I rotated through my three companies I was able to get a sense of the different work flows, timelines and the kinds of input and collaboration that would be required to complete a given project. This definitely helped put me a step ahead of other peers once I graduated from the program because I knew what to expect on the job.
What kind of connections have you made through your involvement with NextGen?
I have made a lot of different connections that have stayed with me throughout my career from a variety of roles and industries. Not only do you build a network with the other NextGen leaders in your year, but you have the ability to reach out to the past associates for advice and support. As the alumni base grows, your ability to network increases exponentially because you have access to the other associates contacts in addition to the growing NextGen base. While rotating through each company, you establish a strong relationship with your immediate manager and core team, but you are introduced to other departments when you collaborate on projects. You can even make third party contacts through agencies, consultancies etc. when a project calls for external vendors or partners. The bottom line is everyone is super supportive and willing to help.
What advice would you give to someone considering participation in NextGen?
I would tell a prospective applicant that they should look at this program not just as a job, but as a test drive for the kind of career you would want to have in the years to come. Treating the year-long rotation just as a job will still get you a great experience, but if you put forth the effort and network and really take note of the environment, the work, and the people you are working with, you can get so much more out of the program and you can save yourself a few solid years of un-focused job exploration.
If you could only use one word to describe your NextGen experience, what would it be?