In the current economic climate, college graduates across the nation are worried about finding a career worthy of their new diploma.
But not the Class of 2009’s Matt Swanson.
Having just earned a business management degree from Washington College, he is already on his way to Cincinnati to work for Procter & Gamble, the company responsible for such household products as Febreze, Old Spice, Downey, Olay, Gillette, Pampers and Iams.
How did Matt manage to secure such a solid job opportunity? He started early. Two summers ago, Matt interned for the company in Philadelphia, on a basic sales level. “I think I really stood out because I came from Washington College,” he says. Many of the interns came from large campuses, but Matt took a nontraditional route by applying online from a small school, “and that made me unique to them.”
That summer, he got the sales experience necessary to be invited to intern the following summer in Ohio as part of a multifunctional team that makes sales presentations.
By graduation, P&G had invited him to work at the company headquarters in Cincinnati as an account executive in customer business development.
His time at Washington College certainly prepared Matt for his career of choice. The Senior Capstone Experience, required for all students, taught him how to use all of the necessary “charts and tools, including forecasting with the benchmark” in order to perform an in-depth analysis of a particular company and its current business environment. “Knowing the industry is even better than knowing the company itself,” Matt emphasizes.
Matt was first attracted to Washington College for its strong business program—and baseball, which he played throughout his four years as an undergraduate. “I believe that life is a competition,” Matt explains. “Baseball helped me stay competitive and to build teamwork, which is so important in business.”