Erik Brazzo

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'93 Administration of Justice | Head of Fraud & Risk Strategy, Walmart eCommerce | Sunnyvale, CA
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Erik Brazzo

Liberal Arts Major: Administration of Justice

Hometown: Dublin

Current Location: Sunnyvale, CA

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

My junior year I completed a three month internship with the Allentown, PA police department. I loved it.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I worked for private security company making $6 an hour. I did this for several years as I tried to get into a law enforcement position. Although it wasn't what I wanted to do, it turned out to be a foundational part of my overall experience that got me to where I am. I quickly worked my way up in the company and within two years held a manager position overseeing 25 security operators. At age 25 I had gained the experience I needed to move around into other jobs with manager experience and allowed me to advance my career.

What were your favorite classes?

I actually really enjoyed philosophy classes. I think it played into the analytical part of my brain.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

I think the large campus life in general prepared me well. Although back in my day we actually had to go to the "stacks" and search for books to write our papers.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Remember this: "People will not always remember what you did, but they will ALWAYS remember how you treated them." Wish I could take credit for this, but someone much more profound said it first. Regardless, it has held true over my entire career. The world is a small place. You will be surprised how many time your path will overlap with people you have worked with in the past.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

I was lucky to have several mentors early in my career. In fact, I would not be as successful as I am today with them.

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