Student Organizations Open Doors

Alumnus Luigi Cruz shares how his UMKC connections jump-started his career
Luigi Cruz with Kansas City downtown skyline in the background

UMKC Grads are Everywhere.

Our students graduate with much more than a diploma. They leave UMKC with the practical knowledge, real-world experience and skills that help them land jobs they love.

Luigi Cruz ’17

UMKC Major: Business Administration
Current job: Marketing Assistant

What did you most appreciate about UMKC?

I most appreciated the opportunities to get involved in student organizations that interested me. Joining a student organization was fantastic because I got to learn new things and meet new people.

Favorite thing to do while you were a college student?

One of my favorite things to do was to sit around the Bloch School and have conversation with friends. Outside of school, I really enjoyed walks through downtown and checking out new places there.

How did an internship help prepare you for your first job?

Internships exposed me to how organizations work and they gave me the experience and confidence needed to hit the ground running when I got my first job.

“Get involved in student organizations that are in line with your career.”

Best career advice you've received?

Be authentic. In a world where everyone shows their highlight reels on social networks and presents an edited version of who they are, authenticity is a breath of fresh air.

What advice do you have for students entering your field?

Get involved in student organizations that are in line with your career. By being engaged in these, you will get experience for internships. Through the internships, you will earn experience you need to land your first job. Once you enter the field, learn the inner workings of your organization you work and get to know the people. At the same time, master the tasks that are assigned to you and learn to increase your value.

Published: Feb 6, 2019