Elton Silva '14 - CVS Health


Elton Silva '14 was first attracted to Curry College because of the communication program and all of the opportunities it offered.  Once he became a student he fell in love with business management. The combination of the two in a double major set him on his current career path. 

Shortly after graduation, Elton made the transition from college to full time professional life and was hired by CVS Health.

"Naturally, after accepting the job at CVS Health, I was nervous. Nerves quickly became a thing of the past thanks to Curry's emphasis on completing internships and the knowledge gained in the classroom. I was equipped with the necessary skills on how to be and act like a professional. The transition from the classroom to an office was practically seamless. I fit right into the team well. So much so, that after my first week, one of the manager's said to me, 'Wow, I feel like you've been here much longer than a week.'"

As an advisor of strategic product development at CVS Health, Elton helps the company analyze how they can better the lives of their patients with the greatest needs.

"The importance of time management and prioritization; those are two consistent themes that can be found in my every day work at CVS Health. Ultimately, completing a dual degree, working several on campus jobs and interning at various companies are what helped me perfect time management and prioritization. These transferable skills have served me well and will continue to serve me well as I move forward in my career."

Elton's research into colleges offering television production programs near his Dartmouth, MA home originally brought him to Curry. He loved the small campus, the small class sizes, the family/community feel - "everybody knows everybody; there's always someone to turn to if you need help with anything" - and the opportunity for students in the communication program to visit Hollywood studios every other year.

Elton was also a member of the Curry College Communication scholars program, a select group of talented students who want to get a jump start on internships in the Communication field, enjoy special opportunities for connections with industry leaders and work closely with faculty mentors in exciting communication specialties.

"If it wasn't for Curry's Communication Scholars Program, I wouldn't be where I am today," says Elton. "Twice each semester, we met with communication professionals."

He was impressed by Kevin Straley, a satellite radio entrepreneur, whose presentation helped Elton realize that communication is a business, which led him to add management as a second major.

"Early on, I was interested in managing a television station or working in the corporate offices of a network like ESPN, TBS, or NBC, so it was important to understand how to run a business. By also knowing the television production process, I felt I'd be a stronger and more credible leader."

A bilingual (English, Portuguese) first-generation American and first in his family to attend a residential college, Elton came to Curry with the intention of getting to know lots of peers and professors and getting involved in as many classes and activities as possible. He started reaching out to professors via e-mail to ask about assignments. Then, he stopped in to visit during office hours and, of course, he greeted professors whenever he met them on campus.

"It's a great way to build two-way relationships, help others get to know you and what you can do, develop professional references and stay in touch even when classes aren't in session. Besides, they're all excellent resources for handling issues on campus and in life."

Ask about favorite classes and Elton cites Fundamentals of Television where students develop and produce their own shows for broadcast on Curry's campus television station, CC8.

Excited about all the new material and ideas he discovered in his management classes, Elton said, "I'm saw a connection to my earlier experiences at summer jobs, as well as how I could apply these concepts in the future."

He also completed an 11-week internship for The Pulse Network in Canton, MA, an online digital marketing company. As a production assistant, Elton located content, helped train new interns and edited videos for social media websites as part of multiple community-building efforts.

Elton's favorite Curry faculty members? Management professor James Salvucci and communication professors Jerry Gibbs, Dorria DiManno, Bob MacNeil and John Barrett.

"They all take time to know you as an individual: your name, where you're from, what you're up to on campus, your career goals and your personal goals. They'll offer references and help you make professional connections. And they can provide helpful advice about getting along with others."

True to his plan, Elton stayed busy with lots of campus activities. He was a Resident Assistant living in North Campus Residence Hall (NCRH), with duty shifts and programs in Scholars Hall and Rose Hall. He participated in student government as vice president of his class, belonged to the Residence Hall Council and worked at CC8.

Elton held down another job at Curry's Speaking Center, where he taught techniques for structuring effective presentations and helped students practice speaking skills. He even used the Speaking Center for his own pre-class review and took advantage of the Writing Center for help with class papers.

In his down time, Elton hung out with friends in his residence hall watching movies or playing video games. Or he was out and about on campus with clubs, organizations or intramurals. He also used to made the quick trip into the city to meet friends from other Boston colleges for concerts, dinners or Bruins hockey games.

Although "going away to college was a huge transition" for Elton, he appreciated the close-knit community at Curry and encourages students to take advantage of everything the college has to offer.

"Curry's professors are the top resource in all departments. They're so incredible and willing to help all students."


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