Richard DiPilla is an inspiring entrepreneur and an impressive marketing specialist. He is the Founder of LinkedIn Global Goodwill Ambassadors, where all thoughts are welcome and shared in an online community. His valuable words can be appreciated from many angles to help direct those on a job-hunt to feel positive and driven towards achieving their goals.
Speaking with his wisdom-filled words, he says: “With knowledge of where the business was, you can then help shape the business of the future…What you choose to do in work needs to be something that you enjoy and even love.”
TheGrad couldn’t agree more.
- What is your full name, the company you work for and your position within the company?
My name is Richard Angelo DiPilla. I work for Berkshire Hathaway Media Group Inc., a division of Berkshire Hathaway. As a Corporate employee, I work in Markets Development. I travel each week to different media markets. There I assist them to provide their customers with a deeper understanding of strategies and solutions to grow their businesses.
- In what ways does the company you work for accommodate for graduates?
The Berkshire Hathaway Media Group has well over 100 media properties. All of these properties combine both traditional and digital media to serve their markets. Each market offers opportunities for graduates.
A few offer internships. The growth area for opportunities in editorial or marketing is in digital. Operationally, most properties are similar. Depending on your preferences in living in a small or medium sized market, the media business offers a wonderful career.
Talented creative people can be a part of a core business in each community that is consistently developing to provide their audience with the content they need and businesses with strategies to reach that same audience.
- What is the current market like for internships, long-term careers, and other opportunities? Please describe.
Media companies often offer internships. Many of these may not be advertised. Direct contact with management in each market is suggested. Unlike many industries, there are long-term career opportunities to fulfill your passions.
- Do you have any advice you can give to the current graduate market in your field?
I would advise any graduate, who likes the thought of being a part of a community where they live to connect with human resources at these media properties. Ours is just one of many media groups that exist. The US market offers many local, regional, and national, media. It’s quite common for people to start in a smaller market and decide later if you wish to move to a larger market. I will say there are wonderful experiences in small to medium sized markets. Larger markets are often much more competitive and often require the kind of experience you can attain in a smaller market.
- Do you have any tips for students studying in your area of expertise?
Many students fail to realise that they are building their resume during their time at school. Many believe they are studying to attain a diploma. Both study and business will rarely ever be stagnant. There are very few businesses that are not in an almost perpetual growth mode. Technological changes occur now at ‘breakneck’ speed. Your success will depend on your understanding of being knowledge functional. Whatever ‘craft’ you choose, needs to be honed through constantly learning and evolving. Graduates today need to understand that they have an opportunity to actually contribute to the development of the businesses that they are a part of. You need to be willing to learn from more seasoned employees who can share past experiences. With knowledge of where the business was, you can then help shape the business of the future.
- Any final words/inspirations for students and graduates in relation to the world of work?
What you choose to do in work needs to be something that you enjoy and even love.
People who work only for a paycheck often lead a very dissatisfied life. I totally agree with a work life balance. Saying that, you do spend many hours at your job/career. The happiest people are those who enjoy their work as well as their non-work time.
An exceptional insight from Richard, radiating a ‘can-do’ attitude for graduates. He explains how there are many opportunities for progression in a lot of industries, it really is about the mindset and allowing the chosen craft to be “honed through constantly learning and evolving”.
To get an internship, direct contact with the management of a business often leads to success. Take on board Richard’s valuable advice and use it to your best advantage to get the job you want.
Connect with Richard DiPilla on LinkedIn today and follow him on Twitter: @RADipilla
Don’t let fear hold you back. Follow your dreams and find work that will give you ultimate fulfillment, every day of your life.
Interviewed by Gemma Smith