Bridgette Ehrmann, a former D1 swimmer on Niagara's Swimming and Diving Team, began her first full-time job at Rich's in the summer of 2018, shortly following her undergraduate graduation. In addition to working full-time as an accounts receivable and banking specialist, the Class of 2018 accounting grad is completing her 4+1 degree with an MBA at Niagara.
How did you secure the opportunity?
I applied through LinkedIn, then interviewed and accepted an offer for after graduation.
What did you do on a daily basis?
In my position at Rich's, I apply incoming cash payments into the system, handle cash dispute cases, assist with bank reconciliations, design spreadsheets to handle mass data management (very happy I took Advanced Excel with Dr. Pimentel because that has really helped me at work), work with customers on setting up different payment methods, and I am part of a project group to improve existing processes to make tracking payments and reconciliations more efficient.
Most importantly, what have you learned?
I've learned the importance of building teamwork, leadership and communication skills, how to use different cash application systems, and how effective a collaboration between driven and focused group members can be for a project. “Real world” experience in a professional environment is a constant learning experience between mastering the tasks that are assigned daily and working with coworkers.
What advice do you have for future students?
Get involved as much as possible to build teamwork, communication and leadership skills, and take extra classes to expand your skill set to set yourself apart in a competitive recruiting process.
How did NU's Office of Career Services help you?
Through Career Services, I've improved my interviewing and networking skills and learned how to set up my resume professionally to highlight attributes recruiters are looking for. Mike has been a huge help in both areas when I met with him for advice.