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Business Bobcat Q&A: Matthew Simpson

Thursday, April 16 2015 12:00am

No big deal, this Business Bobcat already has a job lined up for after graduation — and he is only a junior! Get to know Matthew Simpson, a Marketing and MIS major who is also working on a Sales certificate.

Name: Matthew Simpson

 Major(s): Marketing and Management Information Systems

 Minor(s) or Certificate(s): Sales Certificate

 Class year: 2016

Why did you choose Ohio University? : I chose Ohio University because of the number one sales program in the country. It has always been something I’ve wanted to do as a career path.

 How did you choose your major(s)? : I chose to become a business major at first because of advice I received from family and friends. Later, after being accepted in the Schey Sales Centre, I declared a Marketing/MIS dual major to help me transition into a technical sales career after college.

 How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? : I have not only received a job upon graduation but have gained valuable networking (connections) and social skills that will last a lifetime.

 What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? : I will be completing my first internship this summer. However, I’m told that I will be living the life of a Gosiger Sales engineer in a very hands on experience. Something I wouldn’t have ever landed had I not learned the skills of interviewing and maintaining professional relationships.

What is your favorite class in the College of Business? : My favorite class in the College of Business are my sales courses. It doesn’t seem like class to me. In these courses we perform as salespeople during role plays and learn hands on what and how to act in these real life situations.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? : Raj Agnihotri, he has acted as my teacher in professional sales and sales and technology courses, but also my mentor when job searching. He has been someone I have leaned off of multiple times throughout this semester as was always available no matter how busy he was. He always made time to help me out.

How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : I have become more focused as result of the College of Business. In High School I never really put forth more effort than required. I went in with the mindset to always reach for new goals each semester and achieved a lot of them some of which I never thought could be possible. I never stopped the thirst of wanting to learn more and always striving to get better.

 Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? : Yes, I wouldn’t be interning next summer if I wasn’t. I know there is still a lot to accomplish outside of Ohio University but I feel the college has helped me to be all that I can be. The Sales Centre, more specifically, is largely the reason I have seen success with my job search and professional skills. It’s truly an unbelievable organization.

 What are your career goals? : In one year I hope to complete the Sales Engineer apprenticeship program and become a full time Gosiger employee. Eventually, I want to be in an upper level management position and help to maintain customer relationships.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : I’m a gym rat. I work out almost every day of the week. So for me Ping Center is my favorite place to hang out and stay active.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : I’m a student manager of the Golf and Tennis Center at Ohio University. When the weather is nice we like to golf!

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : Chipotle. Hands down the best restaurant on Court Street!

What do you like best about living in Athens? : I like everything that there is to do on campus. There are so many different activities/groups/organizations to get involved with. Athens is never a dull moment.

 Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : I would consider it because ultimately at the end of the day you are looking to find a job. If you work hard and keep your grades up you will have the opportunity to eventually do what you came to school to do, work. But if you get involved in organizations you will have the ability to not only find just any job, but ‘the’ job. Something you can not only do but like to do.