Alumnus Sebastian Totté, who graduated from Regent's with a BA in Management, is now an Account Manager at Facebook.
You graduated in 2013. What have you been doing since?
After graduating from Regent's, I started an internship at InMobi, a mobile advertising network. I joined the business development team to help source leads and carry out market research in the mobile app market. When my three-month internship finished, I was offered a full-time position as a partner manager for the French and German markets, and later for the entire EMEA market.
After two years at InMobi, I sought out a new challenge. Facebook had only just launched their ad network, the Audience Network, and was looking to grow their team in London. I was offered an account manager role for the Audience Network, joining as the second account manager globally.
What are your plans for the future?
I have always been fascinated by new technology, and hope to one day create my own start-up in the tech industry. My experience working at Facebook, and seeing how one person's idea can be realised at such a large scale, has made me incredibly excited about the future. I hope to learn as much as I can about growing a business while at Facebook, with an eye to eventually working on new technological innovations. At Facebook, our mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. I hope to contribute in a small way to this goal.
How did your studies at Regent’s impact on you professionally and personally?
I completed an American-style degree at Regent’s, which allowed me to select from a wide variety of courses. This gave me experience in a broad spectrum of subjects – from economics and mathematics to acting and photography. I believe this experience, which fostered creativity and critical thinking, made me a more dynamic individual and employee. The classes that I took at Regent's, specifically in advertising, management and marketing, were directly applicable to my future employment. I feel very grateful that my degree prepared me for the real world, allowing me to hit the ground running after graduation.
Regent's also has a very diverse student body, from myriad cultures and backgrounds. This diversity encourages an open and accepting atmosphere, while giving students the opportunity to hear ideas and world views that might differ from their own. I found this to be essential experience as I entered into business, and began engaging professionally with clients globally – from Argentina to Germany.
Tell us about your fondest memory of Regent’s.
I started a longboard club at Regent's. I have fond memories of cruising around the college and meeting people along the way. I loved the friends I made and our skate sessions around picturesque Regent's Park. I also worked at the student bar to make some extra cash while I was studying. I very much enjoyed my time behind the bar working with my fellow colleagues. My time working at the bar gave me a different perspective on Regent's and the tight-knit community at the college.
What advice would you give to recent graduates starting out in their careers?
My advice would be to find a job in an industry that interests them, start anywhere and work your way up.
What does the Spirit of Regent’s mean to you?
Regent's allows you to get an excellent education, with inspiring professors, in a beautiful location in central London. To me, the Spirit of Regent's means pursuing your passions in a supportive community.
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