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The Road to Leadership: A “Paved” Career Path

The Road to Leadership: A “Paved” Career Path

EACE Blog contribution by Jill Milon, College Recruitment &
Career Services Consultant
2014 Universum U.S. Student Survey Results: What Millennials Want in 2014

2014 Universum U.S. Student Survey Results: What Millennials Want in 2014

In the midst of the conference season, many career center and college recruiting professionals think about their personal career paths and opportunities for advancement. This is a great time to reflect, but how important is this to today’s college students? According to the 2014 Universum Student Survey, career path for advancement and leadership opportunities are among the top ten list of “What Millennials Want in 2014” (undergraduates).

Many companies tout career path for advancement and leadership opportunities to students during the recruitment process. Enterprise, who hires over 8,000 college graduates a year, seems to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk”. Like many other organizations hiring college graduates, Enterprise has a management training program to help launch the career of young professionals.

What makes the Enterprise Management Training Program different?

Nearly all Enterprise employees get their start in the Management Training Program, including the HR team we know from campus events and conferences, as well as the current CEO, Pamela Nicholson. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1981, Pam started as a Management Trainee in St. Louis. From there, she was promoted to Assistant Manager and climbed the ranks with a variety of roles including Regional Vice President in Southern California, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the New York Group. After a successful run in New York, Pam was promoted to Sr. Vice President of North American Operations, then Chief Operating Officer and President. In 2013, Pam was named as the first female CEO in the company’s history and the first non-family member to run the organization. Talk about a career path! Enterprise takes great pride in their “promote from within” philosophy and creating a smooth or “paved” career path for all of its employees.

Since career path for advancement and leadership opportunities are just as important to students as they are to us, career centers and recruiters need to ensure we are educating students about these opportunities and success stories, like Pam Nicholson’s. Of course, it will be important to remind these millennial students that Pam’s success didn’t take place overnight!

Sources:

http://www.enterpriseholdings.com/press-room/executive-bios/

http://www.erac.com/opportunities/mng-career-path.aspx

 

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