An interview with Navdeep Jassal
Get Flexing: High School & College together?
People flex their muscles. People flex their brains. But after interviewing Navdeep Jassal, a category manager for Post Consumer Brands, I learned that flexibility extends to careers as well.
Navdeep started out at Southwestern Community College in Iowa which she completed concurrently with high school. After graduating from university in just 3 years, she set out on the women’s studies path where she spoke on panels about the women’s right to choose. Her first career switch led her to California into the telecommunications industry and after the economic downturn in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attack, Navdeep found herself in the world of category management where she now works.
Read on to see firsthand how community college allowed Navdeep the opportunity to be flexible in her career and succeed along the way.
Q: Can you tell me about your experience at community college?
A: I started to go to community college while I was still in high school which allowed me to continue to stay engaged since the coursework had gotten old and tired. Community college allowed me to meet older people and hear about their paths and journeys and how they got into higher education, which was extremely inspiring.
Q: How did community college aid in transferring credit to career?
A: Community college allowed me the flexibility to do all these things and try all these different paths over the years from women’s studies to analytics for Post. Community college was my foundation.