At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success.
Alyssa Rogers works as a human resources assistant in our Williamsport headquarters. Alyssa has a passion for stewardship; she serves on the Lycoming County United Way‘s Board of Directors, chairs LDG’s annual United Way fundraising campaign, is an assistant coach for Muncy High School’s Lady Indian basketball team, and more. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in corporate communications from Lycoming College.
What was your first job? What did you learn from it that still influences the way you work today?
My first job was as a lifeguard during my summers in high school. Some lessons I still value from that experience are:
• Attitude is everything. Despite the outcome, the way you handle yourself speaks volumes. In good times and bad, show perseverance and enthusiasm to leave a good impression.
• Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you’ll need to ask someone for a reference.
• Be hungry but humble. Go above and beyond in what is expected, because the extra mile is less traveled. I tell myself that when I get to the top of where I want to be, I need to send the elevator down for the next guy; it’s important to remember to thank and recognize those who helped you achieve success.
• Stay true to your roots. Don’t let others rattle your values; always show integrity and don’t get caught up in water cooler talk. Surround yourself with colleagues who challenge you, support you, and have good attitudes.
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I’d have to say a collection of events, including participating in Leadership Lycoming and being the youngest person asked to join the United Way Board of Directors. The cool part about all of this is that my career is truly just beginning–the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to participate and grow so much in a short time frame is awesome! I want to continue to make my employer, community, and family proud of my accomplishments! The best is yet to be.
What trait do you admire in people and why?
Integrity tops my list of admirable traits. I respect someone who chooses to take the high road, stays true to his or her values, and has good intentions. Someone with good charisma and a down-to-earth personality is someone I want to be friends with!
What advice would you give to people who hope to follow a career path similar to yours?
I recommend getting as much practical experience as you can through internships. Whether they are paid or unpaid, internships allow you to test the waters in your chosen career field. It also gives the employer a chance to test your skillsets and see if you’re the right cultural fit for the company. Networking with professionals is key, as well as finding a mentor to answer questions and provide guidance.
What do you enjoy about working at LDG?
I enjoy working for LDG because the company is eager to invest in my professional growth. Being a part of a small human resources team, I have the ability to wear many hats, which provides the opportunity to learn new skills. LDG also has a collaborative atmosphere that I enjoy!
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was once hired as a wrangler on a dude ranch out west for a summer job! I turned it down to intern at LDG in hopes that it would turn into a full-time opportunity. Thankfully, it did! I graduated from college on a Sunday and started working at LDG full-time that Monday.