Marketing and Operations Associate Sarah Levy joined the Private Prep team in July 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University in May 2017.
Walking into the Private Prep office for this first time, I was greeted by smiles and friendly hellos. I hadn’t even started my interview. I was led into the largest conference room to interview for a full-time position at Private Prep corporate. Needless to say, I was fairly nervous – I had just graduated college and was pursuing my first full-time position. While I was not clear what type of work I was seeking, I did know that I wanted my first job to be with a company that contributes to society in a positive way and that has a strong culture of internal support and personal development.
The first thing I noticed as I sat down for my interview were the words displayed prominently on the wall in front of me. These words are: culture of caring, proactive, positive, proud, and partnership. To some, this may have seemed like just a throwaway decoration. However, to me, it was incredibly important. Here was a company that, before I had even begun to interview, was stating to me what qualities and values it was built upon. It made me feel comfortable and excited to talk about my experience and how I could contribute as a member of the Private Prep team. Needless to say, when I was offered the job, I was thrilled.
In his book Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek examines empathetic and caring leadership, stating that, “unlike the more-for-me mentality of the 1980s, they [Millennials] are drawn to companies that give profits or resources to others less fortunate…they are very loud about their desire to make an impact and for companies to have a sense of purpose, cause, or belief.”
Like many other Millennials, in my post-college job search process, I knew I wanted to find a company that not only did good, fair, and honest work, but that also gave back to the community around it. In short, I wanted to be a part of a company with a transparent and prominent conscience. When I learned about the Private Prep Scholarship Program, Service Day events organized throughout the year, and the freedom that employees are given to pursue their own passions and volunteer opportunities, I knew that Private Prep was living and breathing their mission and values.
Furthermore, despite being one of the youngest employees, I have never felt that my work is unimportant. Rather, each day I experience a strong sense of support, openness, and a willingness of my team members to both teach and listen to my voice. As Evan Spiegel of Snapchat has said, “We do have a sense of entitlement, a sense of ownership, because, after all, this is the world we were born into, and we are responsible for it.” I feel lucky every day to go work in an environment where I am a partner in creating solutions.