Nicole Smolenski ’10 (Bel Air, Md.) began working as a customer service representative for Oil Price Information Service, a business that provides news and pricing to the downstream petroleum industry, shortly after graduating with her degree in finance. She was promoted six months later to a markets editor, writing about anything that influences the price of oil.
“I enjoy my job because I am constantly learning from some of the smartest people in the oil industry,” she said. “I also love the freedom and flexibility I have as such a young writer.”
Along with being promoted, Nicole was recently nominated for the “Rising Star of the Year Award” by the Specialized Information Publishers Association. This award recognizes the best staff member under 40 years old that performs at a level above the job expectations.
“It is an honor to be nominated for this award,” said Nicole. “My boss wrote in his letter of recommendation and stated that no prior employee provided more valuable information regarding the oil industry as quickly as I had.”
Nicole has fond memories of being a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at York College.
“My college years would not have been complete without the incredible experience I had as a member of SIFE and the guidance I received from SIFE mentors Chris and Mary Meisenhelter, John Barteld and Jay Azriel,” she said.
Nicole also considered Nicole Sadowski, Ph.D., a mentor while at York College.
“Her love for teaching economics and finance is truly inspiring,” she said. “I still refer to the notebooks from her classes regularly.”
She reminds current students that, “you may not get your dream job right away, but it is very important to get your foot in the door somewhere and receive experience.”
By Megan Black '12, Office of Communications intern
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