Rachael Paige, a 2019 grad from East Pembroke, NY learned a lot during her time as a management major with a concentration in supply chain at Niagara. After interning at Rich Food Products, she feels fully prepared to look for a full-time position in the transportation field.
How did you secure the opportunity?
I applied online to a few different positions at Rich’s in 2018 and spoke to a fellow student who was currently interning in the Transportation department but was transferring to another internship within the company. She told me about the position and referred me to apply for that internship. After visiting career services to help me build my resume and cover letter, I submitted my resume and with a strong recommendation from my fellow student they reviewed my application, interviewed me, and offered me the position in April 2018.
What do you do on a daily basis?
My daily tasks change day by day which is something I love about my position. I do have daily tasks that include invoicing for our airfreight shipments, analyzing saving opportunities in our freight spending, and measuring how our carrier partners are performing. But I also have requests from my manager that come throughout the day for odds and ends tasks to perform or look into. I also assist in managing our Direct store delivery division which many know as Carvel Ice Cream Cakes. In this I help my manager to ensure that all of our drivers are compliant with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements as well as helping our field directors and supervisors to be sure they have all the tools necessary to carry them through their work day.
Most importantly, what have you learned?
I’ve learned a lot about how the entire supply chain can be affected by transportation and how one challenge can stop a whole company from moving fluidly with their daily operations. My manager has taught me a lot about multi-tasking and professional relationships with internal as well as external players in our business. I’ve had a lot of interactions with key players in our business as well as partnerships outside of our corporation.
What advice do you have for future students?
Networking is huge and putting yourself outside of your comfort zone is the number one way to achieve that. Not only should you be talking to your friends and other students in your classes about your goals and the types of things you hope to achieve but also start conversations with people say, when you’re standing in line at your local coffee shop, you never know who you’ll meet and where they can help you to go! Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone and ask for their advice or if they know of an opportunity that you’d be interested in. I’d also say to utilize the tools that are available to you on campus or through the university, attend career fairs or guest speaking events, visit the career services office, go to different on-site job visits you really never know how it could help you to kick start your career one day or discover something you didn’t know you had a passion for!
If you have worked with Career Services, how have they helped you?
I’ve been to career services more times than I can count on my two hands for advice, a place to take a phone interview, the constant review of my resume and cover letter when I think of something else to add/remove/ or emphasize. They are a great help and I don’t think students utilize the office enough.