“Don’t be precious about your first job. Your first job exists for two reasons — to help you learn and to help you make money. That’s it. You don’t have to love it. Adopt a mindset where you’re there to learn. That’s what makes it fun even if you weren’t initially excited about it.”
Emily Cozzens had never flown on a plane on her own before starting Praxis. She left school during her senior year of high school and worked at a cheese shop before she found Praxis and thought, “This seems too good to be true.”
Despite her parents’ initial objections and some of her own skepticism, she joined the program and flew from Colorado to San Francisco for two weeks of training, and then to St. Petersburg, Florida to work for her Praxis business partner, PandaDoc.
Even though she initially wanted a marketing role, Emily took a position as a customer support specialist. She leveraged what she learned in customer support and over the course of 9 months, she fought her way into a dynamic marketing role where she’s built a customer referral program, nurtured relationships with customers, to built a strong and happy customer base.
“The skills I learned in customer support actually helped me with what I’m doing now in marketing because I learned the value of effective communication and clarity and brevity and how to get people to do what you want.”
“This is the best place I could have ended up, simply because of the culture, the growth I have experienced, and the people I am surrounded with.”
Emily’s answers to Hannah’s rapid fire round of questions:
- Q: What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Keep your options open.
- Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Be persistent and try new things.
- Q: What is the most influential book you have ever read?
A: The War of Art
- Q: What is the biggest way you’ve changed since starting the program?
A: I’ve become a much more outgoing and confident person.
- Q: What is the most interesting or quirkiest thing about you that nobody knows?
A: I’m a big nerd. I get really obsessed with sciency things.