August 03, 2022
“I once sat exactly where you were,” Joshua Popsie, vice president of marketing at 1-800Accountant, told St. Bonaventure University students gathered in the Trinity College auditorium for a seminar. preceding a weekly high table dinner.
The 2013 St. Bonaventure graduate, who had been a student in SBU’s Francis E. Kelley Oxford program in 2012, emphasized, “Studying at Trinity College is more than an education. It is an international experience.
Popsie has presented annually in the Oxford program since 2015 and has encouraged students to get the most out of the study abroad program, stand out from others through the program, and include it properly on their CVs .
“You have to be able to go beyond just writing Oxford on a resume,” Popsie said. “You also have to be able to articulate that experience.”
Popsie stressed the importance of networking, an experience which for him began in Oxford, and he also stressed the importance of getting out of the “echo chamber” of the “Bonaventure bubble” and exploring the different ideas and perspectives from those around us.
He attributed his professional successes to his ability to network and meet new people. And at the end of his seminar, he invited students to follow him on LinkedIn.
“My network is your network,” he assured them.
In an interview after the seminar, the Concord, New Hampshire native said he originally thought he would become a sportscaster. However, while working a summer job, he discovered a passion for marketing and advertising.
His first job in marketing and advertising was with Icelandair, first in Boston, then in Reykjavik, Iceland. Prior to taking on the role of 1-800Accountant, he worked for SC Johnson & Son Inc. and later for High Liner Foods Inc.
He credited his summer at Oxford with opening his eyes to many new experiences.
“That’s probably what made me grow the fastest,” Popsie recalls.
He admitted that at the start of his career, he feared reaching out to new people and networking. Soon he discovered that he had succeeded in continuing these practices.
Popsie recalled even using funny occasions as networking opportunities, then laughed, adding that his only regret was that he didn’t network more.
“Even if you go out to bars, take the opportunity to talk and interact with the locals,” he said.
He also noted that he was happy to return to the program every year and have the chance to offer his advice to other Bonnies.
“I see myself in some students so much, and I love seeing them excited and enjoying the program,” he said.
St. Bonaventure students will complete their study abroad program in Oxford on August 12.