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  • Leadership in Action - Adam Rivest

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    Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Atrium on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 to listen to our Leadership in Action series speaker and Dean College alumni, Adam Rivest.

    Adam Rivest is an entertainment and themed attraction professional with expertise in concept development, live production, technical builds, and theatrical management. He brings over 24 years of proven experience in a variety of roles including producer, production manager, stage manager, and show director for projects including A-list ride attractions, parades, events, grand openings, concerts, and large scale-spectaculars.

    Adam Rivest is a Dean College alumni (97’), and past Resident Director at Dean. Rivest also instructs the Dean College Theme Park Management class when it visits Universal Studios during a mid-semester faculty guided trip. Adam is currently the Show Producer at Universal Creative in Orlando, Florida.

    During Adam’s time working for Universal he has been responsible for managing all the worldwide locations of the Universal Parks & Resorts. He works to grow the parks, brainstorm and create the content, and create the strategy for the next 10 years. He is also responsible for scheduling, budgeting projects, and managing the resources for the projects.

    Adam described to students how Dean College prepared him for his job today. While attending Dean as a student, Rivest was a Student Ambassador. In this position, he learned how to understand the history of the content, why that is important, and understanding what people might need. After graduation, Rivest came back to Dean as a Resident Director, where he gained experience in conflict management, something he uses now daily.  

    The importance of learning to brand yourself was at the forefront of the conversation.

    Rivest advised his fellow bulldogs, “Take a marketing class!” He explained, “You need this not to learn how to sell a product, but to learn how to sell yourself. You are a brand and need to learn how to manage yourself.”

    Rivest then provided the students with some helpful tips on resumes and digital hygiene. When it comes to your resume and digital hygeine, he provided a list of must haves:

    • Spell Check. “If your resume is not professional and you can’t take care of your paper, then I know you can’t take care of mine,” Rivest said.
    • Email. Use a professional email address.
    • Objective. This changes based on your job. Figure out your “tagline” for the job, and put it on the top of the page.
    • Highlight Accomplishments. Don’t just provide your duties at past jobs, explain what you accomplished in the positions. Quantify your success.
    • Skills. Everyone has skills, make sure you list them. Microsoft Office is a skill everyone should always list and have. If you don’t know Microsoft Office, then learn it.
    • Digital Hygeine. The first thing an employer will do is google you. Make sure that you control what content is out there about you. Use to run a “health check” on your social media and web to see how your digital content is reflecting on you as an employee.

    Before ending the presentation, Rivest had a few final words of advice for the students in the crowd,

    “I didn’t realize all of the groups I was a part of at Dean were molding me into my role today.” He continued, “Join an unexpected group, get involved. Look at volunteering opportunities and build your resume. Show me the kind of person you are.”

    Featuring multiple presentations throughout each semester, the Leadership in Action series offers Dean College students an exclusive opportunity to hear and interact with regional business leaders to learn more about what made them successful and gain valuable insights and contacts to help them launch their own careers.

    Click here for upcoming speaker schedule and more information.

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