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College Works Painting, Branch Manager


Reviewed: 1/27/2013 at 3:56:43 pm


Location: Madison, WI Compensation: Great Pay Hours Weekly: 40


I had a great experience as a Branch Manager. The position is definitely tough and it pushed me farther than I thought I could go. I got to experience all sides of running a business: from marketing to sales to customer relations to project management to employment. I learned a ton about business and about myself at the same time. However, this position isn't for the faint of heart, but if you put your time and effort into it, the outcomes are great.

I learned a lot of great real-world skills while doing the program. The most valuable one I'd have to say was my ability to sell. All the other jobs I had prior didn't teach me much about sales, but with College Works, I learned to sell a service and myself. This skill has proved invaluable when talking to employers because I can clearly show them how I'll be of help to their companies. Another concept I learned was time management and logistics planning. Before doing the program, I'd considered myself good at this, but when I started I was given a reality check that there was more to learn. I learned how to balance a lot of different things at once and not get stressed out by any of it, but instead to handle one thing at a time until I'd gotten everything done. Of course, I learned a lot of other things, like how to hire, what employers look for in employees, how to manage, how to interact with clients, and how to give customers an enjoyable experience.

Doing the internship helped me out a lot in advancing my career. My resume is so much stronger than what it was before and is definitely better than any of my peers' resumes. When talking to employers, they are constantly in awe of the fact that I ran a business, had employees and had clients. Very few people I know can say they've done the same while still in college. Also, I've made some great connections through the program. The friendships I've built are ones that will last a lifetime and will likely turn into future working relationships. The biggest and most comprehensive thing the internship did for me was give me a new perspective on what I'm able to achieve. Before I did this, I had the life-goal of becoming successful and being happy, but I thought I'd have to do just the average job like everyone else. After doing the program, I've realized that the sky is the limit for where I can go. I definitely have learned the skill set to be successful, but I've also gained the right mindset. I know I can go anywhere and do anything, just so long as I put my mind to it.

I for one, had a great experience with the program. At the same time, I don't think that everyone is cut out for this either. It takes a lot of effort and desire to do well at this, and if somebody thinks it'll be a cake-walk, they won't do well. This isn't the kind of job where you "simply show up and do what the boss commands". Some kids that did the internship the same year as me had that mentality and didn't do as well as me. The right person for the internship is a "go-getter" and wants to apply themselves at what they're doing. If they have that mentality and are ready to have a life changing experience, then I'd highly recommend College Works to anybody thinking about applying.



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