What is your current job title and how long have you been with your current employer?
My current job title is sales consultant at Unum. I began working here in June, right after completing my MBA and upon graduation in May 2013.
What was your major/degree(s) at Springfield College?
I graduated from Springfield College in December 2011 with a bachelor of science in sport management and a minor in business. I graduated a semester early and decided to pursue an MBA because I wanted to focus more on management and begin a career in the business field. At this time, I also was playing basketball and had a semester left to play. Pursuing my MBA was the best decision I made as I wanted to finish out my senior season, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure what I wanted to do as far as a career. Obtaining an MBA opened up many different doors and gave me a broader understanding to areas of business I that never thought about.
Reflecting on your education at Springfield College, what experience(s) would you cite as having the most impact on you?
I would highlight two different areas. The first are the relationships I built with my professors and peers while at Springfield College. The College has connections all around the world and there are so many different opportunities available once you are a part of the Springfield College community. Also, utilizing resources while on the campus was very helpful and influential. Whether it was the use of the career center, library specialists, or professors, everyone is very involved and supportive in student’s future endeavors. The second area is my involvement in the women’s basketball program at Springfield College, playing for four years and serving as an assistant coach for one. Under the leadership of Coach Naomi Graves, I had an opportunity to build a relationship on and off the court with 30-40 teammates. The life lessons I learned while being a part of this team, and serving as a captain are something I will never forget and will use throughout my career. Teamwork, hard work, commitment, leadership, passion, determination, motivation, time management, perseverance, and respect to name a few. The relationships I built while at Springfield College have had an immense impact on where I am today in my career in business.
How did the Career Center assist in your transition from being a student to a professional in the work place?
I landed my current job with Unum because of the career center. My market manager was on campus conducting interviews and I was fortunate with the opportunity to begin my career in sales. I utilized the career center to set up interviews, review my resume, and search for areas of business that I found intriguing.
What advice would you give to recent alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Utilize all of the resources available to you at Springfield College. Whether it is building a connection with professors, networking with alumni, or working with the career center to identify an area in which you are interested.
What would you say to a student who is considering a career in sales?
To work in sales, you have to have many of the qualities I mentioned above. It is essential to have a sense of motivation and self-determination. There are many highs and lows and it is important to remain even-keeled and continue to work hard and persevere. Individuals who are competitive generally do well in sales.
Define your career path and future aspirations.
I am very satisfied with where I am today at Unum. I am in a position with a great company that has hundreds of different career paths, but I am very eager to grow and develop as a young sales consultant. In the future I can see myself getting into a leadership role and position in management.