Year Graduated: April 2011
Major at Michigan: Sport Management
Share the story of why you chose your major.
Originally, I entertained the idea of majoring in psychology. After pursuing such course work, I realized that Michigan developed students well in the realm of analytical thinking. For this reason, I knew I'd have a strong base knowledge process and started looking for majors with more tangible assets. Mid-sophomore year, I decided to transfer into the Division of Kinesiology (to become School of Kinesiology a year later) because of the majors like Athletic Training and Sport Management, which offered career focused learning. After the first semester, I knew Sport Management was where I belonged; it combined business, finance, sports, and enough science to create a complete education focused on life after college.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
studying and participating in the Greek system. When I look back at my time in college, the memories that stick out the most are those that: 1. developed my leadership skills in the Greek community, which will and have transferred unfaltering to my career, and 2. staying up until 5 a.m. pretending to study in the library, Angell Hall, or the frat house, forming the strongest friendships I've ever had.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
There is not one specific story that stands out to me during my first year on the job, but I can speak to the lessons learned. I quickly came to find that not everyone has the same educational background or motivations as myself. Similarly, I learned when to bite my tongue and when to take a bold risk, and that even though I was a leader on campus, I may not have the opportunity to have a significant leadership role within the workplace for several years.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I'm planning on taking full advantage of the training program at my company. I have the opportunity to rotate through several different business departments and geographic locations. Not only will this allow me to live temporarily in many different cities, but it will also expose me to a variety of business processes and workflows. While it may take two or three years before I settle into one department long-term, the training program will not only continually challenge me, but it will allow me to offer a wide range of skills and abilities that will prepare me for any business role in the future.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Network, network, network. Attend networking events, send shameless follow-up emails, talk to as many people as you can about where you want to be in five years, tell everyone your 3 sentence elevator pitch. You never know who has a connection that could help get you your next big break.
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