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Meet Hannah Hughes!
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hannah is a member of the North Carolina Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club.
My name is Hannah Hughes, I am 19 years old and from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I currently attend NC State University in Raleigh and am working towards developing a career. I study Communication in Public Relations, and Spanish Language and Literature.
Q: What are you doing today to make your career aspirations come to fruition?
I want to delve into the world of pharmaceutical sales with a possible side job of interpretation and translation. I currently own a CBD company to figure out what it is like to handle "supplements," and I work as a tutor and caregiver for Hispanic families in Raleigh whose parents only speak Spanish.
Q: What brought you to this career path?
What brought me to this career path was my interpersonal skills with doctors and administrators in the medical field. I was never great with biology and intensive stem classes throughout college, so when I found the Communications department it was a godsend for me. I loved it and found out that pharmaceutical sales can be a strong option for those with any degree relating to the interaction and leadership skills that were required to obtain it. I am very into the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions through both pharmaceutical and holistic approaches and want to further a career in that direction. My mother had stage three breast cancer, and I had to learn at a very young age the pharmaceutical sides of the medical field per diagnoses.
Q: Can you tell us about an important lesson you've learned in your career so far?
Take classes about subjects you actually want to learn about yourself outside of the classroom and ask doctors in the field if you can interview them.
Q: Is there a particular person who helped get you to where you are today?
My parents are my biggest supporters, my dad went to NC State as well and told me to do what interests me. My mom makes sure I am doing well and that I take time for myself to make me the best possible version of myself. I talk to them every day and they help advise me on what options I have and give me confidence.
Q: How did you find BPW?
Secretary Marsha contacted me, she knew I was studying Spanish and could be a possible interpreter. My experience so far was interpreting and lighting the candle during the candle lighting ceremony at the National Convention.
Q: How can the BPW club and its members help you on your career path? What do you wish we knew?
I’d like help with resume building, building my experience, and help determining my strengths and weaknesses while interpreting in Spanish. I am also learning a bit about the world of politics and bureaucracy which is important in every field.
Q: Can you share how you have evolved since Covid-19 disrupted 'normal' professional life?
Covid-19, despite being a horrible virus, allowed for me to have time to develop my business, study, improve my health, and figure out what I want to do once it is over.