Class of 2019’s Cory Hutchinson is living proof that LMU time well-spent really does lead to a post-grad outcome well-deserved. Originally from Palm Springs, California, Cory recently launched his professional career at Mediahub Global as an Assistant Paid Search Strategist, overseeing the creation and bids for all of the search engine ads run by Chipotle and Patron, among others.
A whiz when it comes to time management, Cory earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in just three years while also participating in several pre-professional development experiences, including internships at Variety magazine, ZipRecruiter, Barry Goldfarb Public Relations, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
“LMU helped me answer three very important questions,” Cory said, describing students as curious, spirited, and eager to learn. “Who am I? Who are my friends? Where am I going?”
He went on to explain that he originally had his sights set on attending law school, but after taking a business course called “Managing User Design,” taught by Dr. Jill Strawbridge, he was inspired to redirect his career aspirations into the neighborhood of creative user design.
“I always had a clear idea in my head of where I wanted to take myself professionally,” Cory said. “But my LMU experience really helped me re-discover my true path.”
Moreover, Cory says he took full advantage of the many resources and services available to students – most notably, LMU Career and Professional Development, through which he secured a high-profile internship opportunity at one their bi-annual Career Expos.
“Attend as many CPD events as you can,” he said. “The keys to so many networking and professional development opportunities lie with their Career Coaches and wealth of services.
In addition to his busy class and internship schedule, Cory also found time to act as Life and Arts Editor for the Los Angeles Loyolan newspaper, participate in LMU’s student government via the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University (ASLMU), and work as a CPD Peer Advisor, among other pursuits.
As for what advice he has for future LMU Lions?
“Be open to any and all experiences, even if they seem daunting or outside your comfort zone,” Cory said. “The experiences I knew the least about going into them reaped the greatest awards in terms of knowledge and growth.”