My name is Shelby Solomon. I graduated from the Whitman School of Business in May of 2014 with a degree in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Management. I currently work for Amazon in Richmond, Virginia as an area manager. In this role, I am responsible for managing hourly warehouse associates, as well as monitoring workflow and labor allocation. During my time in college, I used my summers to get as much business experience as possible. I spent a summer running my own business, and I also interned at a warehouse back in my hometown.
The Whitman School does a great job of providing students with opportunities and guidance during undergrad. To you students out there, take advantage of all that they have to offer. Utilize career fairs, as well as job boards. Take part in practice interviews and meet with your guidance counselors as much as you can. In my case, I found the Amazon job through the orange job board. Check it daily if you are actively searching for a job or internship. Also, do not be hard on yourself if you don’t get the first job you interview for. First of all, interviewing takes practice. Second, not every job is meant for every person. I was turned down from multiple jobs before finding the right fit. Be patient, and stay confident!
As far as your education goes, I can’t tell you how much I have taken from school and put to work in real life. Most importantly, focus on your presentations and group work. Whitman executes a TON of group projects, which seems frustrating at times, I know. But believe me, this will help you. I have to work with people every day, and it isn’t always easy. It is also important to be able to feel comfortable talking in front of a large group of people, something I do every day here at Amazon. I understand that this probably isn’t the case in every job or career, but I promise it is a useful skill to have.
Finally, NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK! If you don’t have a linkedin profile, create one and keep it up to date. Even if you aren’t interested in a certain job or company at the career fairs, introduce yourself to as many people as possible and take their business cards. You never know who will be able to help you in the future. Make sure you continue to do this after school as well. I have met and maintained relationships with many people at Amazon that I do not work with anymore. It’s always good to know people and it has already paid off in my case. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people that you know, or maybe even barely know. In most cases, people are friendly and willing to help out if they can. Put yourself out there and don’t be shy!
I hope this helps and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or networking!
sshelby @ amazon.com