Many students see their college graduation as an opportunity to retire their classroom learning, find a job that pays the bills, and settle into “Adulting.” Cara Christiansen celebrated her graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2017, but she was far from ready to settle in. Her story was only beginning. She was curious and hungry for more knowledge.
Our first Kipsu Entrepreneurial Leadership Rotation Program (ELRP) officially came to an end a few short weeks ago, and we couldn't be happier with the result! Kipsu kicked off its first Rotation Program last June with three ambitions individuals: Cara Christensen, Rachel Hain, and Connor Valenti, who thoroughly embraced the unique opportunity of the program. ELRP is a one year program where a rotation analyst rotates through the three largest teams at Kipsu: Engineering, Customer Partnerships, and Customer Success—then is placed on one of the teams at the end of the year.
We are thrilled with the exciting opportunities this program provides for both the participants and Kipsu. It offers a great opportunity for the analysts to try a variety of positions especially since many hadn't yet decided on a career path. Participants experience Kipsu from a 360 degree view, allowing for a valuable perspective of the all teams, and how they interconnect. Connor Valenti discusses this aspect as one of the highlights of his experience.
"The most rewarding part by far was having the chance to work closely with members of every single one of our teams. You naturally gain more empathy for what everyone does and notice all the little things that people do to support one another, even if they don’t always know it. It’s special to have that wider sense of understanding and I wouldn’t trade it for any other experience in my first year at the company." - Connor Valenti
One unique aspect of providing a Rotation Program at a young company is there are always holes to be filled which allows for the program to incorporate the rotation analysts interests and skills with the companies needs. Cara Christiansen describes this as one of the more rewarding parts of the program for her.
Meet Cara Christiansen, lover of cats and trees. Cara graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a major in Computer Science. She enjoys playing her trumpet, walking on ledges, and eating ice cream. Cara was a part of Kipsu's first Rotation Program and actually created a new role at Kipsu, Product Analyst, for her placement after the program! Read more about her experience in the rotation program and time at Kipsu so far.
Meet Rachel Hain, world traveler and lover of Costco. Rachel graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Communication Studies and Anthropology. She enjoys teaching gymnastics, going for runs, and good podcasts. Rachel was a part of Kipsu's first Rotation Program, and was placed on the Customer Success Team after the program ended! Read more about Rachel's thoughts and experience a part of the rotation program.
Meet Connor Valenti, master of board games and politics nerd. Connor Valenti graduated from Macalester College with a major in Computer Science and minor in Political Science. He enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and volleyball and spending time with friends. Connor was a part of Kipsu's first Rotation Program, and was placed on the Engineering Team after the program ended! Read more about Connor's thoughts and reflections on the Rotation Program and Kipsu thus far.