May 14, 2019
Tyler Mannix, a Sports Management major at Mount Saint Mary College, landed a job with a housing insurance company about 10 minutes from his hometown of Waterbury, Conn. He and about 600 others will graduate from the college on Saturday, May 18.
Tyler Mannix of Waterbury, Conn., a Sports Management major at Mount Saint Mary College, has earned a short respite from the rigors of college life – but soon, he will begin the next chapter of his life at HAI Group in Cheshire, Conn. as a digital marketing coordinator.
Around March, Mannix interviewed with HAI Group, a housing insurance company. It was the first interview of his preemptive job search. Just a few days later, he was offered the position.
Taking the job was an easy decision, Mannix noted: “I want to jump right into it,” he said. “I’m excited.”
His responsibilities will include managing the company’s social media accounts, monitoring changes to the company’s website, and lending his skill to their digital marketing campaigns.
Mannix credits the Mount’s Career Center with helping him to forge his path into the work world through a variety of internships. The Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond.
“Kathleen O’Keefe [Career Center Director] helped me every step of the way,” he explained. “The Career Center really prepares you for the interview. Going into the interview at HAI, I was super confident.”
His final class at the Mount ended about a week before Commencement, leaving Mannix with only his duties as a Senior Resident Assistant in the college’s Guzman Hall until the big day on Saturday, May 18.
And only a few days later, on May 27, Mannix will start his new job with HAI Group.
As he prepares for new challenges, Mannix knows that he made the most of his time at the Mount: He was president of the Student Business Association, has been on the Mount’s Dean’s List multiple times, and just recently received a Senior Class Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Mannix says that R. Scott Russell, assistant professor of Sports Management at the college, was one of the many professors who helped him to become the success he is today.
“He’s been my guiding force,” Mannix explained. “Every opportunity I had to takes his classes, I would. He’s so knowledgeable.”
Mannix has some simple advice for the Mount’s incoming freshmen of the Class of 2023: You have time to explore your options.
“You’re a 17- or 18-year-old freshman who just started college,” Mannix said. “You don’t need to know exactly what you’re going to graduate with. That’s what college is all about – it’s figuring out who you are.”