I am currently a buyer/planner at SV Microwave, a manufacturer which does defense subcontracting, making defense and aerospace components. My role is in logistics, supply chain management and materials management. So it is my job to make sure that the chain of materials is managed from order to shipping.
I've worked many part-time and seasonal jobs while in school, but never any full-time salaried positions. I've worked at Publix, in a law office, in market research, in student development, in an accounting office and in PBA's Student Government.
I wish I had known more about the off-campus rental process and the time involved with it. I also wish I had worked an off-campus internship with a corporation in order to have a better feel for the corporate world, as well as already have a foot in the door at a company.
"Do something that you can grow and learn in."
While my marketing degree gave me knowledge in business and the credibility to present myself to businesses, it was the jobs I worked, the bosses I had and the students and co-workers I met, that really made me well rounded and prepared to enter into the workforce. Your preparation for the world of work will be incomplete unless you take advantage of your college experience by working and participating in extracurricular activities. Both the Supper Honors program and Student Government were huge influences on my time at PBA, and subsequently in preparing me for the world of work.
Do something that you can grow and learn in. It helps to be passionate about what you do because that passion is palpable in your actions and attitude; however, wherever you work, give it your all. A lot of graduates end up taking a job to fill the gap between graduation and grad school, or take a job just to pay the bills. If you find yourself in a transitory position, it's not the end of the world—you can still benefit greatly from it. Even if your current job isn't your planned passion or final career path, you can be passionate about the people you work with, or with the quality of your work. What's important is that you take advantage of the opportunity you land in. Be passionate and active about what you can control.
At PBA I found mentors that have greatly prepared and shaped me both professionally and personally. At PBA, I can happily say that my most influential mentors were widespread and included faculty, staff, board members, and administration. My time at PBA allowed me intimate access and personal relationships with people I would only have seen at a distance at other schools. Working closely with the Dean of Students, I learned professional, organizational, and leadership skills. Spending time with the Provost showed me what it was to be interpersonal and administrative in higher education. Meeting regularly with the Adviser to the President, I enjoyed learning what it meant to be humble in kindness and sincerely care for others, no matter the difference in experience and position. Finally, I am indebted to the multiple professors who showcased intellectual curiosity, virtue, and allegiance to truth; they have shown me the beauty in work and how to live a good life regardless of profession or salary.
Truly, my mentors at PBA have helped form me mentally, spiritually, personally, and professionally. I have learned about myself, the world, and the good life. Thanks to them, I have not only seen what it takes to work with excellence, integrity, and God’s truth, but also what is possible for those who do so.
Spotlight posted in September 2017. For current updates from Daniel, visit his LinkedIn page.