Finding a job, especially in this economy, can be daunting for many new graduates, but thanks to his creativity, training and support from the USC Davis School of Gerontology, recent alum Peter Lancellotti is living his dream.
Following commencement in May, Lancellotti started a new career in business development with Blue Marble Game Co., becoming the company’s resident gerontologist.
“We are creating an innovative, comprehensive and cost-savings digital health game ecosystem,” he said. “Our strategy is to combine the strengths of empirical evidence with entertainment to provide a low-cost method of therapy for health and wellness.”
Part of what attracted Lancellotti to Blue Marble was its focus on creating video games that could serve as valuable cognitive and physical therapy tools, especially the development of a suite of games aimed directly at helping with fall prevention.
“Helping older adults age in place is paramount in my personal and career goals. Another aspect of my gerontological goal is a strong desire to help older adults obtain and maintain health and wellness while improving their quality of life,” he said. “My education at USC Davis has also afforded me the opportunity to educate a software development company to ensure that the design matches the needs of older adults.”
Crediting his mentors at USC Davis for their assistance, particularly Elizabeth Zelinski, Lancellotti advised students and job seekers to focus on networking proactively and creatively as a key element to making the sometimes-rocky post-academic transition.
“Talk to everybody about what you want and what you do,” he said. “For example, if it weren’t for Dr. Zelinski, I would have never met the CEO of Blue Marble Game Co.”
With more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing for the telecom and technology industries before he decided to return to school, Lancellotti was initially drawn to gerontology so that he could better understand the needs of his older partner, as well as his mother. Out of this interest came his desire to help improve the health and well-being of all older adults despite the numerous limitations, obstacles and difficulties they may face.
“Blue Marble is working to provide solutions to all of these concerns by offering a method to provide low-cost health care through the use of video games that are highly motivating,” he said. “Not to mention, the games are fun!”
With the opening of this new chapter, Lancellotti is one step closer to reaching his full professional potential, and he pointed to his alma mater as a place that helped him achieve it.
“The USC Davis School of Gerontology has the best program in the U.S. and quite probably the world,” he said. “Having internationally renowned professors at the top of their field, I received the highest level of expertise and an educational experience unmatched by any university in an environment that fosters and cultivates creativity.”
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