Joanna Sabato is wearing a paler shade of black these days
and we’re proud of this Oiler who now works as an employee of the Cleveland
time at UF, Joanna was most impressed by the opportunities to practice the skills
she acquired. Perhaps the most valuable
opportunity was an internship at Cox Communications in New York. This allowed
her to make lasting connections that would later help her obtain a position
after graduation. Another valuable
experience was presenting at a small business expo hosted by the Small
Business Development Centers of Ohio. Joanna, along
with fellow business students, had worked to develop a complete business plan
for a local company. She stated that the skills and knowledge she gained during
this experience were invaluable.
“I learned how important it is to really
understand your client; what and how they do things, and then think of ways to
help them to increase their business,” she added. She also recalled that, “Working on this project really gave me a 360-degree view of
being on a team.” Joanna indicated
that all of the team members were able to naturally learn group dynamics including
how to effectively collaborate, delegate and meet deadlines.
enjoyed working with athletics and especially loves branding and listening to
the voice of the customer. This led her
to pursue a marketing related position. It
was a strong cover letter and resume that won Joanna a position as a Corporate
Partnership Manager with the Cleveland Browns. In this position, “I work
with our Corporate Partners such as Pepsi, Sherwin Williams, Snickers, Yuengling,
and Ford to develop integrated marketing solutions for prospective partners
which will utilize our in-stadium signage, television, radio, digital, and
print assets, Sabato
encourages grads to seek out companies that can help you grow, but more
importantly, find something you are passionate about so that you can be
yourself and find a mentor that can teach you how to grow. As for
networking, she expressed that students shouldn’t get stuck in their comfort
zone; they need to meet people beyond their circle of friends. Joanna stated
that every day is a networking opportunity. “You never know who can help you out
later”. At UF you are a big fish in a little
pond and there is an extremely supportive staff to help and mentor you.”
Casey Pritts came to The University of Findlay with dreams of landing a job in Marketing. After graduation, she applied for a marketing position at Target but quickly found herself accepting a position as an Executive Team Leader of Human Resource for Target. In fact, they were so happy with her that they asked "where can we get more people like you?"
She credits her success to her experiences at UF. Casey expressed that her marketing skills have helped her with understanding the needs of different audiences. Pritts indicated that her skills translate well in the field of Human Resources, "I work with a variety of different people from interviewing to helping individuals that are having difficulties; my internship experiences prepared me through the ability to tailor my message to each person based on the situation." Knowing SAP was also beneficial for her in this position. Target is new to SAP and recently implemented the software. Having learned it while at UF, Casey was able to assist in the training of personnel.
Pritts also credits her internship experiences to building her skill set. She said that "Many times you have to start at the bottom at an internship. I appreciated the fact that I learned a lot and was able to get that experience under my belt before I graduated. You start off at a better pace when you already have the 'grunt work' done."
The faculty go out of their way to help students build a strong resume prior to graduation. Casey speaks highly of Dr. Chris Ward stating that she "can't begin to describe how much she has helped me. She is someone I can aspire to be like, a true role model".