Spotlight – Kevin Wright, Baker Tilly
College Recruiter, Baker Tilly
What was your career path to get your current role? During college, I focused on retail marketing and interned at the University Bookstore, Vineyard Vines and Under Armour. I spent 2010 – 2013 with Under Armour in their campus recruiting department.
What was your first job? My first job out of college was as a Recruiting Assistant for Under Armour. That role lasted for two months wherein I was promoted to Campus Recruiting Specialist.
Why did you choose this career? I really enjoy the process of meeting a student on campus, building the relationship and seeing them progress throughout their career. Also, I enjoy starting careers and providing insight to students willing and motivated to learn. This is a very rewarding field.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role? Relationship building is the most essential function of a campus recruiting role. Relationships are important with candidates, faculty and staff. Building relationships takes a lot of hard work and effort but it is something I truly enjoy.
How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly? I developed this skill in college mainly as a campus tour guide. Having to influence students on a college decision involved understanding what was important to the student, what motivated the student and how what I was selling (the school) fit those needs and wants. I continue to fine-tune this by networking with other professionals with the mindset of learning something new.
Did you have a mentor? I have been very fortunate to have many mentors in my career including several EACE members. My mentors have guided me through what it means to be a campus recruiter, what is means to be a professional and also how to adhere to work-life balance. I think having mentors is one of the most undervalued career tips that students know about.
Did you hold any EACE leadership roles? I am currently on the professional development committee. This has helped me work with several different individuals throughout the east coast in planning events and sharing ideas.
What is your biggest career accomplishment? My biggest career accomplishment is seeing students who I’ve hired become successful professionals. I am at the point in my career where students I brought on in their first role are on their second or third promotions. This is rewarding to know that I played a part in their development.
What is your advice to students looking for their first job? Be open minded and network. Many students are looking only for that huge company that maybe everyone else is applying for also. Sometimes that large firm has companies that it does business with that are also hiring but may be less known. Also, utilize your network. Many students don’t realize that they have a network but they do and it could someday start their career.
What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role? Be willing to put in the time to connect with the students and faculty. You will not be successful if you expect to come in once a year and expect to swoop candidates. You need to be passionate about your role and your objectives.
What was the best career advice you have ever received? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People are willing to help all you need to do is ask.
What would you like colleagues to know about your organization (i.e. hiring practices/programs)? Baker Tilly is an exciting place to work with a truly unique culture in the field of accounting and consulting. It is a very entrepreneurial firm where your work is truly valued and you can make an impact right away.
Kevin visited his career center while in college.