During the spring semester of my sophomore year at Xavier, I applied for a position at the newly opened Costco Wholesale located just blocks from campus. Given that the store had just recently opened, I felt it was an opportune time to get in at the infancy level. I had recently completed Amanda Helm’s Principles of Marketing course, where I did extensive research on Costco’s business marketing strategies, an course assignment. Having this knowledge served me well during my initial interview for a position with the company. It afforded me the opportunity to present how I might be able to apply those strategies as a member services representative.

The store manager was quite impressed with the degree of knowledge I possessed, specifically relating to Costco marketing and their efforts to expand the business into new markets. After my initial interview, I was contacted within days and offered a position in membership services

Having strong communication skills is also an invaluable asset to have. My ability to effectively express myself, both in written and verbal form also played a major role in my being placed in that department. These skills enabled me to be able to present to the customer all pertinent information needed to make an informed decision, with regards to purchasing a membership. My communication skills were honed significantly, thanks to the instruction and support I received in the Business Communication course, also taught by Professor Helm.

My advice to any student would be to learn all you can in the classroom. Then seriously think about how that knowledge can be applied beyond the borders of the campus and don’t hesitate to use that information when seeking employment. I used much of what I learned during the course of my time at Xavier to strengthen my position with Costco.

Now as I prepare to graduate, along with having two years of experience with Costco Wholesale as a participant in the Student Retention Program, I am poised to be considered for a position in corporate upon graduating this May

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