Abigail Matieson

Degree and Year: 
BA 2013
Professional Title: 
Product Manager/Buyer
Employer: 
Abercrombie & Fitch

Professional Background: 
Product Manager / Buyer

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
The ability to communicate both clearly and concisely is a somewhat obvious, but greatly underrepresented skill set in my field. As a product manager you are both the conduit & the filter for team information, so an ability to effectively communicate is essential for professional success. English majors are trained to read hundreds of pages of information, extract the important information, and regurgitate that information in a clear and concise way. The same is true in my profession – I comb through hundreds of reports, articles and emails, draw out the key conclusions, and communicate a set of action points to my team. In many ways the study of English is simply the study of human communication - a journey towards mastery of a precision of language that allows for clear expression. My degree has trained me to be a precise and clear communicator, a skill that has helped shape my professional success.