YPN Board Member Highlight

 

Nic Lawrence`15

DEGREE: BA in Communication Studies
CURRENT POSITION: House Manager at Spokane Public Facilities District

  1. Why did you want to join the YPN Board?  I wanted to join the YPN board to help young graduates jump start and navigate their professional career. As a young graduate I understood the challenges that we are faced in the professional world and wanted to help. I also want to give back to the EWU community; a community that has given me so much and will always support its alumni.  Now more than ever working professionals are navigating a world of unknowns. My motto is if I can help with even one part of one’s life, their professional one, then I know that I am making a difference. Attending a regional school, it is very important to support that university; know that there are not as many resources available as a larger university.
  2. How did you land in your current position?  Self-made millionaire. Or close enough. While attending EWU, I heard about a nights and weekends custodian gig downtown at the (Public Facilities District) Convention Center, FICA, and Arena. I started here and worked very hard. I was constantly reaching out and making myself known to the full time PFD staff, eventually applying for a part time job as an event Supervisor while I was finishing up my senior year at EWU. Once I graduated and was about to move back to the West side they offered me a full-time event manager position. After working for a few years, I applied for a position on the West side supporting events at Amazon. After almost two years of that the PFD reached back and offered me a House Manager position. They knew I had worked for a large corporation and was able to bring that experience back to the PFD. I accepted!
  3. What is the best piece of career advice you ever received?  Squeaky wheel gets the grease.  I understand this is a common phrase and one that is tossed around a lot, but I really think it speaks to advocating for yourself.  While this idiom could be used in many aspects of life, I really like it for one’s professional career.  It took me a long time to learn this lesson, but one must first and foremost always stick up for themselves and speak up.  If you are being put in an uncomfortable position or asked to do something that is morally conflicting you need to speak out and let it be known.  I used to let people walk over me or not speak up for myself, but with this advice I have been able to speak up, whether that be requesting to work on a certain project or to reevaluate my worth to a company or even just calling in sick. If you can’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to give 100% in your career or to anyone else.
  4. What is your favorite local hangout?  My favorite local hangout is the Main Market Co-Op.  They are conveniently located in downtown Spokane and have a little bit of everything.