by Marissa Langston, junior marketing student and marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business
The senior marketing major will start six months of training on June 1st with SAS at its corporate headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. SAS is a leading international business analytics firm that provides software and services for organizations including 93 of the top 100 companies on the 2014 Fortune Global 500 list. Over 75,000 business, government, and university sites have adopted SAS software.
At SAS, Odom will train for 3 months at the corporate headquarters in North Carolina before being moved to a different city that the company believes best suits his strengths for an additional 3 months. After graduating from their sales academy, Odom will ultimately move to that city and be an associate account executive (sales representative). He says that his top choices, in no particular order, would be Cary, Atlanta, Charlotte, or one of SAS’ Texas locations.
Odom says that he chose this job because it offered him exactly what he wanted in a career: sales, a company that promotes retention, and training for professional development. Many companies seek candidates that already possess professional characteristics which is why the Mike Cottrell College of Business has developed a new Student Professional Development Program for current students. This program seeks to help better prepare students for their professional careers.
When asked how he found out about the job, Odom explains that his “roommate’s girlfriend’s mother” worked for the company for 18 years (always be nice to your roommate’s girlfriend’s mother).
Odom also had more mentors that helped him along the way including faculty from the Mike Cottrell College of Business. “Attending North Georgia has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. From the faculty and staff to the lifelong friends I have made, the Lord has truly used this university to shape me into the man that I am today, and I feel more prepared to step into my job in the business world and apply the different skills I have learned to my career.”
Good luck Fred and congrats on both your upcoming graduation and the new job.