Jonah Herring: Student Success Spotlight

Jonah Herring: Student Success Spotlight


My name is Jonah Herring, I’m a junior
and I’m majoring in Marketing. I really wanted to major in business because,
growing up, I was always on the the labor side of businesses. I really never saw
the the back side or the behind-the-scenes that really goes on but I would always ask questions and it kind of interested me. So, once I got to
the age where I had to figure out what I wanted to do, I knew I didn’t want to
work hard labor for a living. So I figured I could get into the business
side and really be behind the scenes of everything that goes on in business. So I’m currently taking a Business 2010 class, which is just like a professional
development class. That is with Ms. Moppert and in her class we really go
over interview skills and resume stuff. Using that information that we get in
class and then coming in here and sitting down with Ms. Rayna or Ms. Moppert herself to really dig deep into the resume, or dig deep into interview
skills, is really what has helped me succeed and what I’ve gotten a lot out
of. I went to Mr. Serviss looking for different internships and stuff to get into for
sales – I would really like to go into sales. Then, of course, I attended
the career fair and spoke to all these different companies. I spoke to Altria
individually and then they wanted to come back and meet with me again. So, actually, the night before we met at the employee career preview panel. That was really cool because I got to kind of meet them before the career
fair. Then, we get to the career fair and it’s kind of the second time they’ve
seen me. [I was] a little a little more familiar than other students and I got an email from them about a week later [setting up] an interview. So my first interview went
really well. They were kind of walking me through open-ended questions, behavioral
questions saying that I needed some work on those. The Director of [the] Alabama [Division]
ended the interview with, “I want to see you back next week for the final
interview but I really want to see you improve on these questions. I want you
to go to the OPCD and really do some work and see if you can get
better at these.” So I came in here. I met with Ms. Rayna and I met was Ms. Moppert. I actually did a mock interview with Ms. Rayna and that was very good because
that simulated the behavioral questions perfectly. I went back for the final
interview and, at the end of the interview, he asked me, “So how much work did you go do?” I said, “Well I met with both of them one time and then I did some work on my own.” He said, “I could really tell.” He said, “I emailed with them and made sure that you checked in with
them and actually went to them. Now, seeing you in the second interview, I can
really tell that it benefited you and it helped you a lot. I’m proud that you did that and it really showed that you wanted to get after
this and do the best you could.” I would say the biggest thing for me
has always been getting involved in doing extra things. When I got
to Auburn I was a little intimidated by the size and how many people are
everywhere and just everything that it has to offer. But it’s really important in
this success of your career because, within two months
of being here, I’ve already landed an internship that could
possibly turn into a full-time career job. So that’s helped me and that’s made
me realize that like, if you really want it, then Auburn has the
resources that can make it happen. The OPCD has the resources and the connections. You’ve just got to get in here and do it and don’t be don’t be scared. Don’t be
ashamed of coming in here and getting extra help because everybody that
I’ve met with – whether it be Ms. Rayna, Ms. Moppert, Mr. Serviss – they want to help you. They’re here for you, they don’t care how
long it takes or how long extra they have to stay. They’re here for you and they
want to see you succeed. So that’s really helped me and made me comfortable with coming in and getting extra help.

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