Lily Valentin ’12: “Recreate a Life for Yourself Abroad”
Many students pursue education abroad to pad their resume and get a better job, and Lily Valentin ’12 wants to help. Valentin works for Adzuna, an English job search engine that aggregates employment opportunities from all over the world into one convenient website.
Founded in 2012, the company has grown to serve jobseekers in 16 countries, including the United States and Canada. “We focus on having every job for every job seeker,” Valentin says. “We use smarter, more effective search tools to get results that match what they’re looking for, making the job search a more enjoyable experience for everyone.”
As a Country Manager for the United States and Canada, Valentin says she coordinates “anything and everything that has to do with running a website from a business perspective—including public relations, marketing, consumer inquiries, business development, and account management.” Before joining Adzuna, Valentin worked in the beer industry in the U.S. and tech industry in Southeast Asia.
Valentin spent her junior year abroad in Barcelona, Spain, taking courses for her Marketing degree from the Isenberg School of Management. She found the experience to be an immersive complement to studies at UMass Amherst. “Most of the professors were ex-professionals in their fields, and a lot of the coursework drew from real life experience,” she says. “I found that most of the courses encouraged you to work as teams, as opposed to individual work, with a focus on real-life scenarios.”
Although she has always had global ambitions, Valentin credits her experience in Spain with giving her the courage to live abroad permanently. “Studying abroad gave me the added confirmation that it’s possible, and tangible to pick up and relocate,” she says. “With a little bit of support, some research, and some gusto, you can recreate a life for yourself abroad.”