Meet Emma Schwarz, Birgo's Operations and Office Assistant. In this Q&A, Emma dishes on career advice, her favorite personal achievements, book recommendations, and more!
Tell me a little bit about your background.
I graduated from Grove City College in ‘21 with a degree in elementary education. After graduating, I realized that classroom teaching was not my calling and I wanted to dip my toes into the business world. My first job out of college was B2B cold calling for a trash broker company from my living room coffee table. After about 10 months of cold calling I was connected with an opportunity at Birgo and I started a new position as the Office and Operations Assistant!
Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience?
While I am grateful to have received a well-rounded, liberal arts education, I can confidently say that my experiences in life and jobs have been the most valuable in my career.
What's the best thing about your job?
My favorite part of my job is the cross-departmental support I get to provide. I love working with coworkers from both the Operations department and other Departments in the company.
What’s the best career decision you’ve ever made?
The best career decision I ever made was coming to Birgo!
What skills have you found vital to your job?
Time and task management and inter-department communication.
What advice do you have for someone new to the industry?
Ask lots of questions and ask why things are the way they are!
Is there a quote that motivates you?
Get after it. - Jocko Willink
Who inspires you?
My fiance inspires me.
Dream job (apart from working at Birgo!)?
To be a stay at home mom.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
What’s your go-to coffee (or tea) order?
Dirty Chai tea latte :)
Winter or summer? The beach or the mountains?
Summer and beach!
What books or articles should I be reading?
Anything classic literature.
What does a typical weekend look like in your household?
Chores, spending time with friends, meal prepping for the week, church.
What are some of your best or favorite personal achievements?
A few of my favorite personal achievements are creating a summer camp program, supporting my family through hard times, and all the ways I’ve grown and things I’ve learned this past year.