From Penn State Law to Agon Management Group

Agon Management Group, located in McLean, Virginia is the ideal opportunity for recent college graduates to start their careers. With a high energy and fun work environment, coupled with career training and performance-based advancement, entry level employees have the ability to learn, grow, and have fun while doing it! The same has been true for Assistant Manager Sarah Arshad. We caught up with her again to learn more about her college experience.

Arshad joined Agon Management Group as an entry level associate after receiving her Master’s Degree in International Law from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law in 2015. Although the McLean firm does not require a specific degree as a prerequisite for an entry-level position, we were curious if Arshad felt as though she was utilizing hers. This is what she had to say: “Since I focused on international law (oil & gas law) I feel like my knowledge has been helpful in grasping the process of the campaign we are working with; my goal is to write my thesis on marketing business to business. What better way to utilize your degree than to defend the business you are working in! Moreover, there’s always a legal aspect to any kind of occupation and I just feel lucky that I have the opportunity to utilize that. Not to mention compliance, which is a significant part of this business.”

While studying at Penn State, Arshad also established an organizaagon-management-saraharshadgraduationtion within the law school to create a platform for international and national students to engage both socially and academically. “It was a GREAT success!  We had soo much fun. I’ve met people from all over the world and built life-long friendships,” explained Arshad. She also participated in Penn State Arbitration days, planned hay-rides and partook in THON which is the biggest charity event to raise money for children with cancer.

Starting your first job right out college can be intimidating, so who better to ask for advice than someone who recently went through it? Arshad worked her way up at Agon Management Group in a short period of time so we asked what her thoughts were on the matter.

“My advice is to be open-minded and not judge a job or opportunity. You never know if that is what is going to give you the growth you really looking for. Moreover, as a graduate you have very limited experience so having a potential employer offer you an opportunity: Stop thinking, just do it! Any experience is a good experience.”

Arshad told us that if she had the chance, she’d do it all over again! College that is. One of her favorite memagon-management-saraharshadwhiteoutories of Penn State was that the Law building was located right in front of Beaver Stadium (which is the 5th biggest college football stadium in the United States), so every time there was a home-game the tailgating started right outside her building! “It was insane!” she said. This is also where the WHITE-OUT game is hosted. Which is considered one of, if not the most reputable college football game of the year and everyone wears white! She wrapped up her college reminiscing with the well-known Penn State, “We are!”

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Sarah Arshad on the Fast Track to Success — and Here’s Why

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Our management team! Pictured from left to right: President Tarek, Manager Anna, Team Leader Sarah, Assistant Manager Carl.

The year is only halfway through, and Agon Management Group has been already exceeded our projected growth with a promotion to Manager, another to Assistant Manager and another one in the makings. But our Mclean team isn’t slowing down anytime soon! We wanted to highlight one of the key players at our company to get a better perspective of this amazing growth.

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Our next Assistant Manager and all around pace-setter, Sarah Arshad

Sarah Arshad, originally from Oslo, Norway has been a crucial part of the success of Agon Management Group this year. President Tarek Beidas explained that “Sarah is an extremely consistent performer. There hasn’t been a day that she has not performed well for our client, reaching all of her sales goals.” He also explained that “she is very competitive and wins every bonus.” It makes sense that her team and others around her would try and replicate her habits of success. Besides her high performance, Beidas also added that “Sarah has a ‘down for whatever’ type of personality, willing to help anywhere she can, and is up for any challenge. She is also very fun to be around.”

Arshad joined Agon Management Group as an entry level associate, like all of her peers. She has been moving up the ranks very quickly, so we had to ask what her mentality was about her job and why she was so passionate about it. Her response made it very clear why she is progressing so quickly. She shared,

“I love the fact that every day is different; this opportunity allows me to work with new people every day and to help others achieve their goals based on a basic system. I believe our job is different from a ‘normal job’ because it has endless growth and opportunity. Our job allows us to progress based on our performance by implementing and applying a very basic system. Knowing that there is no requirement of previous experience to succeed in this business is an assurance itself; everybody can do it. What we were taught the first days in this businesses, is the exact same things that are going to pull us over the finish-line. Knowing this gives me the confidence that the sky is the limit, and it’s completely up to me if I want to reach it traveling in a hot air balloon or a rocket.”

With such a laser focus on achieving her goals, we were curious as to where Sarah saw herself in the future. She explained the she wants to have financial and professional freedom; happiness, security for herself and her family. A healthy life. To open offices all over the world where her role is to mentor and coach these offices to be successful. After speaking with Arshad about her goals and her experience thus far with Agon Management Group, we are definitely seeing her rocket her way to those goals and beyond!

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