JFS Alumni, 1994-2000
Kate with her brother and fellow JFS alumni, Matthew
"Follow your dreams and study what you are passionate about. Doing something you love everyday is not work!"
Finding Her Place and Passion
Kate Giannini graduated from St. Mary's College with a BA in English in 2000. She describes St. Mary's as a small tight knit school that was stunning and peaceful, where she made some amazing friends. When she graduated she was torn between venturing out into the world and going back to school to receive her credentials to be a teacher. She decided on exploring the world.
Kate began her career at the California Culinary Academy in sales and marketing. After four years, however, she went into the agency space and spent some time recruiting at K-Force, a technology firm. "I realized that if you do not love the subject you are working with every day, it makes it difficult."
Kate found that she loved the rush of recruiting and found her place at 24 Seven, a boutique staffing firm that specializes in fashion and advertising, where she works as an account manager. She has found her passion and home at her job at 24 Seven in San Francisco. "The subject matter is one of my passions and the people I work with are amazing—to me, the environment is almost as important as the work. And I have found my home."
Since Kate found what she enjoys, she encourages others to find what they enjoy too. Kate has always worked to the best of her abilities and continues to demonstrate the strengths that earned her a Jefferies Family Scholarship. She was rewarded for her hard work as a high achiever two years in a row at the California Culinary Academy, and won Rookie of the Year at Kforce.
Once she has accomplished all her goals in the recruiting world, she would love to have her own business one day, a flower shop, café, or an interior decorating firm. In the future, Kate hopes to stay healthy, have a family and continue to grow her career to the fullest.
A Jefferies Family
Kate's brother, Matthew, is an alumni of the Jefferies Family Scholarship. Kate's mother, Joan Giannini, worked at Jefferies for more than 17 years. She helped open the first San Francisco Office for Jefferies with Richard Kane and Paul Kent. While at Jefferies, She managed the office of the Equity Sales Division, Bonds Direct and Private Client Services. "I am sure [the scholarships] alleviated a lot of stress for her," says Kate
Kate credits Jefferies with helping her reach her goals. "Without the award I would have not been able to go to the college of my choice, it was my vehicle to a world-class, private education that gave me the gift of writing, speech, and the continued desire to learn something every day."