Fabian Elliott works in the fast-paced world of Google advertising in Chicago, leading some of the biggest companies as they implement the newest forms of online promotion. A native of Fayetteville, Elliott graduated from the Belk College in 2012 with a major in marketing. He is a member of the Belk College Alumni Council being honored with the UNC Charlotte Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2015.
What kinds of opportunities did you have at UNC Charlotte?
I was active with numerous organizations on campus in three main areas involving the black community, career development and alumni relations. I held two internships: Target’s Executive Management Program and Google’s BOLD internship program.
Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?
Charlotte’s reputation as a business hub within the state attracted me since that was my field of interest. I was attracted to it as a public, in-state school with an absolutely gorgeous campus.
What was the best part of your UNC Charlotte experience?
The relationships I established, the skills I developed and the opportunities that were presented all converged to lead me to seek out various ways to make a difference on campus and to help my fellow students and the university.
What kind of work do you do at Google in Chicago and is it fun?
As a technical advisor, I help my clients, large advertisers and media agencies, meet their most complex business needs through the strategic use of our advertising platforms. It is fun and fulfilling yet also quite challenging and competitive. I enjoy the environment. I am fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to visit many of our offices around the world, including in South America, Europe and Africa.
What did you learn at the Belk College that prepared you for your career in a high-tech company?
I was prepared to be able to create, lead and execute. Through challenging group and individual projects, I was able to sharpen these abilities. The field of advertising is fast-paced and working within technology only accelerates the speed. This makes it absolutely critical to be able to create new solutions and lead their implementation at high speeds.
What is your role on the Belk College Alumni Council?
I serve on our student engagement committee, which is tasked with finding ways for alumni to better engage with current Belk College students. This was my committee of choice due to my ongoing passion to help our students succeed.
What does it mean to receive the UNC Charlotte Outstanding Young Alumnus Award?
It is an incredibly inspiring and motivating honor to receive. It shows that you never know who may be watching or how your individual pursuits may impact other people. I inherit a great deal of responsibility with the award.
What advice do you have for current Belk College students?
Do not be afraid to think big or follow your passions. Use your passions to fuel your pursuit of a career after graduation and not just a job. Visualize where you would like to be in 10 years and begin to exhibit the traits that your future self would have.