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Growth, Reflection Led to Current Success

Growth, Reflection Led to Current Success

Steven Hornik reflects on how his time at Loyola shaped him as a person and inspired him to pursue a career as an analyst for Ipsos.

What are you currently doing in your position?

I am a Research Analyst for Ipsos NA in the healthcare service line. I, along with the other analysts, aide upper level researchers and managers in their projects which revolve around understanding the markets for the healthcare industry. These understandings come from creating questionnaires that allow us to provide insights for companies to make decisions, whether it be on developing products, or creating a marketing campaign.

What skills are critical to your position?

The primary skill required for this position is attention to detail. Other skills are time management, organization, initiative, and a collaborative spirit since we are always working in groups.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were at Loyola?

I wish I had a little more faith in what I was doing. I was constantly worrying about what was happening next and wasn’t able to be an adventurer post-graduation. A lot of my time was spent on applying to various positions during my week, and I wasn’t able to remove myself from my worries and live a lax senior year. If I would give any advice for a worried senior, I would say don’t make finding a job your priority. Like every business professor at LUC has said, at least once, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

What did you enjoy most at Loyola?

I can’t say there was one specific thing. If I had to start anywhere, it would be with the roots it provided me, so much so that I put the Jesuit emblem on my cap, next to the Zia symbol, with the quote from J. R. R. Tolkien, “Deep roots are not reached by the frost”. I was an Orientation Leader and we did countless hours of reflection which enabled me to be more cognizant of the things around me, at least before senior year, and find the position I am currently working in.

From there I would say, the people were great, the campus was beautiful, opportunity surrounds you, you have a rapping priest, AND America’s, arguably the world’s, favorite sister, Sister Jean. If you didn’t like something at Loyola, there was a way for you to find joy, you just have to seek it, which is something we all hesitate to do, because it’s an uncomforting feeling. Loyola made me uncomfortable in more situations than one, but it’s something I won’t regret. I am a much different person now than who I was than when I started.

Steve Hornik

Employer: Ipsos NA

Title: Research Analyst

Graduation Date: May 2018

Degree: BBA, Marketing and Management

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