Students Learn About Career Success at the Greenbrier

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 29 2001

Students Learn About Career Success at the Greenbrier

Athens, W.Va. - On March 20th approximately 100 Concord College students attended a Building Career Success seminar at The Greenbrier. The event was sponsored by the College’s career services office and geared toward helping students in areas such as etiquette, networking, and interview proficiency.

The first lecturer was Donna O’ Neil, a Human Resource Manager from British United Turkeys of America, a member of the Board of Directors for West Virginia Workforce Investment, member of the Society of Human Resource Management, and past chairperson/current member of the West Virginia Employer Advisory Committee.

She spoke about the interview process and gave insights into what employers are looking for when selecting candidates for employment, and informed students of the major reasons supervisors refuse to hire candidates.

Gary Mills, a Concord alumnus and CEO from the Princeton branch of the First Community Bank lectured on networking, being a new employee, and positioning yourself in your career. Mills emphasized four aspects affecting new employees: anxiety, communication, networking, and assimilation. Mills stressed the importance of communication and networking.

An etiquette lunch was presided over by Susan Lawrence of Class Advantage, Inc., a company that teaches business etiquette to managers and students. She is an experienced businesswoman, trainer, teacher, and international consultant. During the seminar she stressed the fact that future employers will care about your dining habits and many will base their decision to hire a person solely on etiquette. Lawrence went on to stress the major “do’s and don’ts” of table etiquette.

The day concluded with an address by keynote speaker and Concord alumna, Ellen Allen, owner of the Merry Maids franchises in Princeton, Beckley and Bluefield, W.Va.; and Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Salem, Va. She told an inspiring childhood anecdote about how her dream was to be the first girl in West Virginia to play sanctioned Little League. She worked hard, and despite many obstacles achieved her dream. Allen emphasized that students should believe in themselves as well. Allen went on to state that her point was “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” Allen credited Concord for “preparing her very, very well for what I’m doing.”

Director of Career Services, Tammy Jenkins, also involved a middle school student from Princeton, W.Va., in Building Career Success. To promote the event on campus, David Dancause, 14, constructed a Lego model of the Greenbrier which was on display in the College Center. “Dancause called Lego distributors and the Lego Corporation to get enough blocks to build the model,” stated Jenkins. “He used a networking technique to gather materials and a research technique to help him build an accurate model. Dancause used techniques and skills we focused on in our seminar, demonstrating these skills are very important in meeting personal goals.”

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Photo 1: Gary Mills, Tammy Jenkins.

Photo 2: Princeton student David Dancause

Concord College Notes: Jessica Taylor, a student in Concord College’s English department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Glen White, W.Va. She is majoring in Writing/ English Education with a minor in Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2003.