Scripps Career Pathways: Eric Mayville, BS '07, founder and creative director at Wondersauce
Eric graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 2007 with a bachelor of science in visual communication. Eric interned with MTV, worked for different agencies after graduation and left all of those ad jobs to create Wondersauce. Eric was featured on Business Insider in 2012 as one of the “30 Most Creative People in Advertising under 30.”
What do you do?
I oversee the user experience and strategy for all the projects we do at Wondersauce. Wondersauce is a digital design and development agency.
How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career thus far?
The program instilled an element of entrepreneurship. The material professors taught forced you to go out and do it yourself. They had networking opportunities with alumni that were invaluable to my career. The program was instrumental in my career, and it was balanced enough that I could see the important elements of communication, design and technology.
How did your extra-curricular activities or internship(s) help you with your career?
I was the vice president of Ohio University Multimedia Society. It was a chance for us to get together as peers to check out the web and trends we saw. It kept me interested in wanting to see the next cool thing I wanted to do. The network of alumni that were already out in the world of visual communication got me to where I am. Without those people and programs, I have no clue what I would be doing.
What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
The willingness to take a risk was the biggest factor when starting a company.
What is a typical day like for you in this position?
In the morning I do operational stuff and see how the business itself is working. Then I work with my partners on project needs. Depending on the state of a project, we might be on the discover, design or development stage. While working with my team, I figure out if we have enough time to complete projects or need to hire more people.
What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Along with meeting alumni, which is important, collaborating and being close with students that are a year or two ahead of you is just as important. Those people are the ones getting the jobs first, if you worked well with them they will be moving up in their jobs when you graduate and you can use them as a springboard to get your career going.
- Katie Quinn, social media intern