Even at the young age of ten, Alyssa Soto envisioned herself carrying a briefcase as a successful businesswoman, an ambition that led her to her desired career at PIMCO, Pacific Investment Management Co. Soto got her foot in the door at PIMCO as a temporary employee. She held tightly to her goals and long-term vision, and worked her way to the top where she now serves as the vice president of portfolio compliance.
When searching for employment, Soto says, “You are in the business of marketing a product: yourself. Clarify your goals and build a personal brand campaign around them.” She also shares, “When applying for a position, craft a resume that embodies your personal brand campaign and will impress not only the hiring manager, but is sure to make it past the electronic gatekeeper.”
As an Argyros School business student, Soto remembers Chapman as warm and inviting, with professors, administrators and students who were engaged, caring and bright. She treasures her Chapman experience and could not think of a single time when she was unhappy on campus. “I would not be the successful business woman I am today were it not for the preparation at Chapman,” Soto says.
Soto urges current business students to make the most of their time at Chapman. She encourages Argyros School students to “be inquisitive. Ask intentional questions. Think of yourself as an apprentice, a mentee, and develop meaningful relationships with the mentors around you.”
Soto graduated summa cum laude and shortly after became a vice president at PIMCO. Soto is proud to be one of the founding members of Chapman 50, a group that connects influential Chapman University alumni members to lead professional programs and university initiatives to make an impact on Chapman’s future.