Roof transferred to The University of Findlay from the Savannah College of Art & Design as a junior. Initially majoring in architecture, she was disillusioned by the amount of time she needed to spend on the computer. With a sister who graduated from UF’s pre-veterinary program (Theresa VonAlmen), Roof thought she might want to major in animal science. She found her true passion, though, in the College of Business. She’ll graduate with a degree in marketing in April 2016.
Her interest in real estate is an outgrowth of her interest in architecture. She had wanted to obtain a real estate license while living in Georgia, where the requirements are less stringent than in Ohio. As it was, she spent 120 hours in classes at Hondros College, Maumee, Ohio, then sat for and passed the exam.
“In real estate, you’re really an independent contractor, so you do most of your own marketing and need to be very motivated,” added Roof. “My classes and other employment have really helped. I’m also working with a mentor at Century 21 and learning a lot.
”With a talent for marketing and sales and an interest in houses and buildings, Roof would like to re-locate to one of the South’s “equestrian cities,” like Wellington, Florida or Aiken, South Carolina. With some properties selling in the millions of dollars, she thinks a real estate license coupled with riding experience could pave the way for a great career. She also hasn’t ruled out working as a sales representative for one of the well-known saddle companies.
Professors Chris Ward, Ph.D. and Scott Grant, Ph.D. from the College of Business, have been an inspiration to Roof as she has worked in various aspects of sales and marketing.
“Their classes are very interactive and we were always involved in ‘real life’ projects,” she added.
Dylan had an internship with Marathon Petroleum Corporation where he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia this past summer. Being thrown into the real world by himself was a weird feeling to him, but he loved every minute of it. His position was in Wholesale Marketing during his time with MPC where he did a variety of tasks. He enjoyed going around the surrounding states and cities to meet with customers.
His ultimate goal from the internship was to learn about marketing in a successful corporate world, and what better way to learn than with Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
After he graduates, he hopes to be in the marketing field at a major company and work his way up through the ranks. He's had several other internships during his undergraduate career and they've differed immensely. Dylan would "recommend everyone try to get an internship. It is a great experience and can really help see what a person likes or dislikes about certain jobs."
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".