Investment & Outcomes

Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Chad Wagler

Chad Wagler '14

Ministry Leadership

Hometown: Boynton Beach, Florida

Describe your current job role:

I'm a recruiter at Oxford Global Resources. I deliver individual consultants, teams of experts and support for full projects to my clients. 

Oxford has been around over 30 years and has offices across Europe and North America.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I was on staff at Christ Fellowship Church in the Student Ministry and Missions Department

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I wish I would have known the importance of being faithful in the small things. Completing trivial and monotonous tasks will create lifelong habits that make you a success in any area. In my previous role to Oxford, I had the privilege to serve in an environment where I was continually asked to do tasks that were both out of my comfort zone and things people will probably never see or notice. I don't focus on the size of the task, but rather doing what is necessary to reach the final goal.

In college, I wish I would have been faithful to every assignment. It is easy to concentrate on the big test or paper that is looming, but those small reading assignments are the ones that could provide a piece of information that could change your life.

"...I can be the proponent to create community in any environment."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA showed me that to fulfull goals, it's very important to be surrounded by a strong, supportive community. I spent every day on campus with some of my best friends. From Bible studies, to pickup ball, to attending sports games and unplanned activities, we grew together in incredible ways. I took this attitude to the office, knowing that I can be the proponent to create community in any environment.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Listen to the people who know more and are wise from experience. Ask them questions and take their advice.  That's how I transitioned from a vocational ministry job to a corporate position.  Always be humble, learn what your bosses want and then deliver daily.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

At Oxford I have a great friend who shows me the ropes of working at a large IT staffing firm.  Every day, he advises me on how to connect with my companies and warns me of potential pitfalls. He tells me how to stay grounded through success and failure. He is a wonderful mentor. 

For current updates from Chad,  find him on LinkedIn. 

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