Year Graduated: May, 2013
Major at Michigan: Sport Management
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I chose my major of Sport Management because I have always been passionate about sports and athletics. Just like the majority of kids growing up, I had the dream of playing a professional sport once I grew up; needless to say that didn't happen. Once I realized this plan was not going to come to fruition, I started to think about what career path I could take to incorporate my passion with my future career and I was drawn to Michigan's sport management program. I was interested in business and marketing coming out of high school, so this program was a great combination of two of my main interests.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
I spent most of my free time developing relationships. I have always been a people person and I love investing in others. I was able to grow both my social life and my professional life by just spending time with friends, mentors, professors, etc.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
The story that stands out to me the most is the story of opportunity with TTI. When I was recruited I heard all about how the company wants to move talented individuals up in the company quickly through their Leadership Development Program, but the uniqueness of this never really set in until it happened to me. Through a lot of hard work I was blessed enough to accept a promotion from the first role to be a Territory Manager in less than 6 months from starting with the company. The amount of autonomy and opportunity the company provides allowed me to move and advance at my own pace based on the results I produced.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)I plan to continue my career with Techtronic Industries (TTI) and Milwaukee Electric Tool through this field management role and beyond in both field sales roles and corporate product marketing roles focused on the Milwaukee Tool brand within TTI.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?I believe every student should strive for a career that will constantly challenge them. Shying away from challenges has a tendency to lead to monotonous duties and boredom. If you choose a career that continuously stretches you and requires adaptation, it will keep you engaged and it will help you grow and become more well-rounded in the workplace.
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