Securing Your Future After Graduation
Going to Work
Reinhardt University’s McCamish School of Business & Sport Studies students are employed in a vast array of positions. Our graduates often secure employment before or soon after graduating with the assistance of the university's Career and Professional Developement Services. Our students are able to quickly assimilate into their new positions with their educational background and experiences they gained while at Reinhardt.
Treasury Analyst – Treasury Card Programs
My major responsibilities include managing the credit and gift card programs for both brands. I assist with contract negotiations, facilitate vendor relationships, analyze program and industry data, track and communicate industry/card-related legislation, assist with franchisee questions and communications, and do any other necessary day-to-day program management tasks.
The McCamish School of Business offers a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of the business world from professors who are experts in their subject matter and have real-world experience.
The most important things I learned during my time in the McCamish School of Business were the result of the projects and assignments given by my professors. Instead of memorizing facts and taking multiple-choice exams, I was given the opportunity to work with others, learn through hands-on projects, examine data from real-world companies, and get the same type of feedback from professors that I now receive from my bosses.
I think the Liberal Arts atmosphere at Reinhardt helped me to be successful in my job because it broadened my horizons and gave me experience learning about various aspects of the business world.
Jacie graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting concentration – Spanish minor.
Program Coordinator New Referrals Program
Infinite Energy - Atlanta
Nicki Varsel graduated from Reinhardt College in 2010 with a Bachelor in Science with a concentration in Management. Nicki is currently employed with Infinite Energy in Atlanta, Ga., as a program coordinator for the New Referrals Program.
Nicki was very active on campus while attending Reinhardt. She took special interest in developing her leadership and project management skills while a member of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). She was a member of the 2010 SIFE competition team that placed 1st in their division. Nicki participated in many community service outreach projects as a member of SIFE, including teaching financial literacy concepts to children with special needs. Nicki also planned two leadership conferences while attending Reinhardt. She was named 2010 McCamish School of Business Student of the Year for her active involvement and academic achievements. Nicki also received multiple leadership awards during her academic career with Reinhardt.
Awarded Bronze Star for
gallantry in Afghanistan
Jeffrey D. Weber
Natural Gas Specialist
Infinite Energy (GA/FL) / Intelligent Energy Inc. (NY, NJ)
Reinhardt University helped to develop real world skills that I have been able to transfer into my profession. The projects that were assigned during my studies at Reinhardt allowed me the opportunity to use my own analysis in deduction and gave me that practice that is essential in the world of business. I got married in October of 2011 at Chateau Elan and currently reside in Canton, Ga.
I have been with Infinite Energy, Inc.(Marietta, GA) since September of 2010. I was successful in implanting a project in the New Jersey natural gas market. I was awarded Inside Sales Rep of the Year 2011 in January of 2012.
I have been successful in hitting production goals in 13 of my 17 months of sales. I am also an integral part of the training development of new reps in our Marietta, Ga office.
I am also in current pursuit of MBA with hopes of eventually working in either market research or business analysis.
The Home Depot
My journey began in 2003 when I came to Reinhardt in lieu of my Senior year of high school. While sitting in Dr. Yelvington’s Micro Economics class that first semester I realized that the personalized education experience, real-world knowledge, and passion that was displayed by my professors at Reinhardt could not be matched by other universities. So, I was honored to receive a Presidential Scholarship which allowed me to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Reinhardt. After 3 exciting years of being challenged by my professors to achieve more than even I thought was possible, I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007.
After graduation, I accepted a Staff Accountant position at The Home Depot’s corporate office in Smyrna. I was excited to be given such an amazing opportunity to grow with a large and reputable company. I know that my academic achievements, tutoring, community service involvement, and leadership with the Canterbury Club, Student Government, and Rotaract Club while at Reinhardt had afforded me that opportunity. The accounting and business courses prepared me to jump in at The Home Depot and learn the responsibilities of being a Corporate Accountant, including booking journal entries, preparing account reconciliations and audit schedules, and performing variance analysis. Dr. Reese's accounting courses were rigorous, but they prepared me to be a valuable asset in the workforce.
I soon decided I was ready to take on more and earn my Master's Degree; so the natural choice for me was Reinhardt! I was attracted to Reinhardt’s MBA program because of the value it offered- a high quality, challenging, and affordable learning experience. Because the class only met one night a week, I was able to work full-time (and even get a promotion to Senior Accountant) while earning my MBA. In 2009, I graduated as a member of the inaugural MBA cohort at Reinhardt. The program enhanced my business acumen and gave me a more strategic perspective and understanding of the operations of a company.
Since graduating with my Master's degree I have obtained my CPA licensure and stepped up to the role of Supervisor, managing a team of 5 Staff Accountants in various areas of the business including Debt, Bonus, Distribution Network, and other operations. I know my success at The Home Depot is a direct result of the foundation and support I received from my professors at Reinhardt- the confidence, professional etiquette, and knowledge they instilled in me will afford me many continued opportunities where my hard work and dedication will lead me to success.
Inventory Control Manager
The Home Depot
Job opportunities came knocking down one recent Reinhardt graduate’s door. Just two weeks after she received her diploma, Anna Edenfield ’10, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., had job offerings from two prominent companies*offerings that resulted from her participation in the University’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) competition team.
“I got both jobs because of SIFE,” said Edenfield. “Companies take you more seriously when you are a part of SIFE, especially if you are a presenter in the competition. These companies understand the intensity of the work that each member of SIFE had to put into the club and presentation in order to be ready for the competition. I had applied to a number of other places for similar positions as those of Home Depot and the other company that offered me a position, but did not hear back from them; thus, it showed me that being a part of SIFE really did give me an edge in my job hunt!”
The Regional SIFE competition, which was held in early April in Atlanta, Ga., consisted of 56 different schools broken down into nine leagues of competition. Reinhardt competed against the University of West Georgia, Alcorn State University, Alabama State University, Tennessee State University and Gainesville State University. The competition was judged by 15 business professionals from companies such as Coca Cola, AFLAC and Home Depot. Each team presented about the outreach programs that they did throughout the year, and it gave students a chance to practice their oral presentation skills in a real-life setting.
A SIFE Career Fair also took place during the competition, and it was at the fair that Edenfield met with representatives from several different companies, including Home Depot, of which offered her interviews and then later on, offered her a job with their company. When it came to decision time, Edenfield ultimately chose to take a position at Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. as an inventory control specialist. It was a choice that she made with upmost consideration.
“There were a couple of different reasons why I chose Home Depot over the other company. First, I will have so many more opportunities to move up within the company. Home Depot also offered tuition reimbursement, so I will be able to go back and get my master’s degree. I did not have relocate with Home Depot, and I would have had to move out of state for the other company. Finally, my salary was 20 percent higher with Home Depot.”
Edenfield is thankful for all the opportunities she had at Reinhardt and as a part of SIFE, and hopes that all students at the University will make the most of their time there.
“I would advise all students to get involved in clubs and organizations at the University,” she said. “It looks really good on your resume. I know that I would not been able to get two job offers right out of college if I was not involved. Also, make the best grades you can because honor societies and any awards you get from your school will get you one step closer to getting the job. From my experience, having a built up resume gets you a great job. Lastly, know what you want with a job because if you do get the opportunity to choose it will make it easier to decide which company is right for you!”
With the support of her parents, professors and mentors, Edenfield embarked on her new career adventure on June 15, which was her first day in the position with Home Depot.
“Anna has taken advantage of all the opportunities Reinhardt University has to offer,” said Peggy Feehery, Reinhardt director of career services. “She is a shining example of what intelligence, heart, attitude and joy can do to bring about excellent results.”
Owner / Operator
Daniel Trotter graduated from Reinhardt University in 2007. While a student at Reinhardt, Daniel was a resident assistant on campus, a member of the Judicial Council, a Reinhardt Captain (student recruiter), and played on the baseball team. Daniel also worked for Chick-fil-A while attending college.
After graduating college, Daniel moved to the West Coast and opened his own Chick-fil-A restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ. Daniel is married and enjoys the weather of the west coast, but he still visits Georgia to see his family a few times a year.
Daniel credits his experience and education in the McCamish School of Business as being very beneficial. He said it helped prepare him to be a more successful business owner. He now uses his skills to interpret market research. He uses this information to develop marketing promotions and reach his target audience. He said he also uses the accounting skills he gained in college to review balance sheets and make decisions on how to operate his restaurant.
Daniel was very active on campus and a great student. He not only made friends on campus, but he also got well acquainted with his professors. He developed a strong relationship with his finance and accounting professor. In a recent interview, Daniel said, “He was a big influence on my life during my college years. He is the type of guy that has a passion for teaching, and it shows in the way he conducts class. I know 100 percent he cared about me as a person, and I could go to him any time. The fact that he made the five-hour drive to come to my wedding then go back all in the same day says a lot about him as a person.”
During my time at Reinhardt I spent a great deal of time in the McCamish School of Business working on completing my marketing degree. I was a member of SIFE where I participated in the leadership conference and helped plan other events in the business department. I also participated in the National Collegiate Sales Competition where I competed against other students from 100 colleges around the country. Many of the classes offered by the school of business provided me with firsthand experiences that have helped me with my management position. My current position is fast paced, and many of the experiences in the business department have helped me to think on my feet. My management classes at Reinhardt gave me an overview of what I could expect with my position as a unit manager with Waffle House. As a manager I spend much of my time communicating with my employees, and business communication has helped me to communicate more effectively with my associates and customers. My marketing classes at Reinhardt have given me the tools I need to run my store and increase sales. My time in the McCamish School of Business has prepared me to be an effective leader and manager.
Other alumni choose to continue their studies in graduate or professional schools. Colleges and universities that McCamish graduates have recently attended include:
Georgia State University
Kennesaw State University
The University of Georgia
The University of Oklahoma