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Bill Murphy

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'91 English | CEO, RedZone Technologies | Annapolis, MD
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Bill Murphy

Liberal Arts Majors: English

Liberal Arts Minors: N/A

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Current Location: Annapolis, MD

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I was a track and field student-athlete that ran the 800 Meters at track meets Penn State attended. 

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I was able to get an entry-level sales training position upon graduation with Ferguson Enterprises.

What was your favorite class?

I enjoyed all my English classes because I enjoyed writing, reading and understanding the History that influenced the time period of the writing we focused on. 

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

A College of the Liberal Arts education was important for me because it taught me how to think critically in life after graduation.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

You must network and you must learn HOW to network. It is a skill that can be learned and practiced. It is better to dig your well, prior needing water, than trying to dig a well while you are thirsty.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

The fastest way to develop as a person in any discipline is to surround yourself with people that are ahead of you in the field that you are looking to master. This is how you stretch and develop as a person. There is book learning, OJT Learning (on the job training), and there is learning from a 'mentor'. The most valuable thing in your professional life is having a mentor.

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