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Knowing that finding a job was a concern for many music majors, Kelly Miller, ’12, joined SIFE (now Enactus) after being told that the club’s competitions always included a job fair with top employers. Kelly relied on her business minor, and interviewed with ConAgra Foods at SIFE’s national competition job fair in the Spring of 2012 when she and the Bryan SIFE team represented the school. Within 10 days, ConAgra offered Kelly a job in Myrtle Beach, SC. Now just months after graduation, Kelly bears the title of sales representative and account manager, and travels throughout parts of North and South Carolina to 34 Wal-Mart stores. She keeps the ConAgra products where they are most visible and most likely to sell.
Laura Adams Fields
If Laura Fields hadn’t attended a Connect Luncheon, she might still be looking for a job. Because she took the time to network at Leadership Forums and Connect Luncheons, Laura made an important contact at Pilot Flying J – Bryan alumnus David Clothier – who later conducted Laura’s initial interview with the company. Laura’s informed questions impressed Clothier, who after the interview sent an email to his managers saying Laura was a prime candidate for any position available. Her interview, many internship experiences, work experience on campus with Dr. Bob Andrews, assistant academic vice president, and participation in athletics as a volleyball player all contributed to Laura starting her career journey at Pilot Flying J as an Accounts Payable Staff Accountant in May 2012. Take advantage of the Bryan Connect Luncheons – you never know if you’ll make a valuable connection in your career search.
James Folsom, '12, spent his junior and senior years at Bryan preparing for what would come after graduation – the workforce – and he attributes his success to laying out a plan early on and sticking to it. Not only did James pursue leadership opportunities in SIFE, but he spent significant hours in the Career Center, preparing his resume and practicing for interviews. James also attended job fairs and worked hard to get internships that would open doors for job opportunities. James’ planning paid off – he accepted a job with The Clorox Co. as a Supply Chain Analyst, just in time for graduation and wedding to Bryan alumna Sarah Wood.
For someone who wanted nothing to do with the world of business, Michael Goad has climbed high on the financial career ladder. A classical New Testament and Greek major at Bryan, Michael has held the position of Chief Financial Officer at several banks in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area. While working in business was not Michael’s plan upon graduation – he and his wife, Claudia, wanted to go to graduate school – they both decided that getting into the work force was important. Starting out with an entry level position at Sun Trust Bank in Miami, Fla., Michael enrolled in an MBA program. From Sun Trust, he transferred to Old Kent Bank in Michigan. Since then, Michael has served as the CFO of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as CFO of the Bank of Holland. He is currently the CFO for Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Rapids. As CFO, Michael is responsible for all accounting and financial record keeping, and for managing the debt of the company. During his 24 years of banking and business experience, Michael knows which of his employees “have it,” and which ones will stay in the same position for some time. “Work hard – go to night school if you have to,” Michael advised. “Promotion [through the ranks] is natural. Work for positions you’re capable of, and those in leadership will know when you’re ready to move up.”