by Taylor Bryant
Eight University of West Georgia Richards College of Business 2014 graduates were recently offered an opportunity to work in Walmart’s Management Training Program. Students were interviewed at UWG’s first ever Second Chance Interview Day Program, hosted by the Richards College of Business Enactus group.
“In the Richards College of Business we take pride in finding opportunities for our students to succeed,” says Monica Smith, UWG Enactus advisor and business management lecturer. “Walmart has a strong reputation for providing employees with quality work experiences. It was our pleasure for Enactus to partner with Richards College of Business and Career Services and provide an interview day for Walmart's Management Training program. Out of 10 students selected to interview, eight students received offers. We are very proud of our students, and we wish them success.”
Walmart’s Management Training Program will allow the business students to complete a 10-week long paid internship in addition to a six-month paid training program that leads to an assistant manager position. Once students complete the program, they will earn anywhere from $38,000-$45,000 a year depending on their store placement.
“This opportunity is such a blessing. It feels great to know that all my hard work has finally paid off,” shares Jamie Davis, business management major from Lithonia, Georgia. “I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my teachers in RCOB who have helped and prepared me for this step.”
“It was an absolute pleasure working with the Richards College of Business Enactus students in hosting Walmart for our first ever ‘Second Chance Interview Day’ program,” adds Mark Auclair, UWG assistant director of employer relations. “The Enactus students performed exceptionally well, managing and executing the event with precision and success. The students were professional, courteous and respectful to the employer and were model ambassadors for the University of West Georgia and the Richards College of Business. The level of professionalism was outstanding, and I would not hesitate to reach out to the Enactus students for future events in which we can jointly host employers on campus.”
Enactus is an international non-profit student organization that encourages and mobilizes university students to positively impact communities while developing as socially responsible leaders. Enactus brings students, academic professionals and business industry leaders together around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Names and hometowns of students below:
Shoaib Asad - Dalton, Georgia
Angel Cobb - Carrollton, Georgia
Jamie Davis - Lithonia, Georgia
Montana Dowda - Douglasville, Georgia
Yakera Floyd - Howell Mill, Georgia
Jahmad Manson – Riverdale, Georgia
Mark Spencer - Carrollton, Georgia
Brandon Tilley - Carrollton, Georgia