Alumna Spotight: Paula Novacki, `14
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Gamecock alumna, Molly Hall '12, '15 J.D., was involved with My Carolina Alumni Association as a student and that didn't change when she graduated! Keep reading to learn about her involvement with the Young Alumni Council and her love for South Carolina.
Molly Hall graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and from the School of Law in 2015. As an undergraduate student, Molly majored in Business and minored in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising. During her time at South Carolina, Molly was involved in several student organizations; Tri Delta Sorority, Garnet Circle, Student Alumni Association, Homecoming Committee, Pre-Law Society and Moore School Emerging Leaders.
Since graduating from law school, Molly still lives in Columbia, SC where she is currently an Attorney and Development Executive at IBM.
“I knew I wanted to work for a large corporation but did not have the contacts to secure a position that I wanted right out of school," she said. "So, I applied for a job at the Department of Commerce out of law school so that I could gain experience working with larger companies and top-level executives. Through interactions with corporate decision makers and other wonderful experiences abroad, like traveling to Japan on behalf of South Carolina to meet with Fortune 100 companies, I gained the insight and wherewithal to apply with the right people at IBM. And I got the job,” she shared.
In addition, Molly is involved with her local club, the Columbia Gamecocks and also with the Young Alumni Council as Chair-Elect. During her time at South Carolina, Molly made connections that impacted her current life and career.
“The contacts and relationships I made while in college and law school have carried me well into adulthood,” Molly noted.
Molly met her husband and most of her bridal party at South Carolina. Her husband now works for Gamecock Football.
“So, I would say South Carolina is the reason for a lot of happiness in our lives,” she exclaimed.
As an alumna, Molly has some words of wisdom for current students seeking employment after college.
“Take advantage of the many free resources available to you right now, because those advantages of interview and resume preparation and on-campus company interviews are so valuable long term," she advised. "Also, ask for feedback and take criticism well, because you’ll be better from it."
Molly also shares a piece of advice on how students can preserve the relationships they have made in college well past graduation.
“Keep in touch with your college friends and try to plan one weekend a year, such as homecoming or a football weekend, and get together," she shared. "Bring your families and children here - share this wonderful community with them, you’ll be so glad that you did. There’s nothing quite like South Carolina."