Nick Skeen, '08
Major / Minor: Business Administration & Corporate Communication
Organization: Schneider National: Schneider Transportation Management
Job Title: Intermodal Division Manager
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
I wanted to set myself up with as many options as possible post graduation. I felt like business and communication could open a lot of different doors for me and having various options would make it easier to find the one I truly enjoyed.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
I didn't really "expect" anything...but I certainly hoped I found employment after college that paid well enough to be comfortable. I knew my first roles wouldn't be a dream job, but as long as it was comfortable pay, I could work hard and prove to the company I was working for that I was ready for more and I would eventually lead myself to something I enjoyed more.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
I did, yes. I had a couple of HR related internships...one with Career Services at UWGB and one with Clarity Care in Green Bay. My final internship was with KI in a sales function. All of them proved to me more that I wanted to be in a position where I could create value and relationships for a company internally or externally.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
Outside of my internships and part time work, I really tried to focus on having fun with my college friends. You have to blend the line between being a grown up and having fun while in college, I made I remembered that because once you are out, and full time work starts, those years are long gone!
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I work for a division of Schneider National called Schneider Transportation Management. I manage our Intermodal division (train transportation). I manage a group of four operations folks as well as all our railroad vendor relationships. The role is a little bit of everything I wanted to do...sales, vendor relation management, manage people, manage process and budget, etc. It is a diverse role that allows me to wear a lot of hats and have access to a lot of great people inside and outside the company.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
Some I see all the time because we are still good friends. Others I catch up with at UWGB events and on Facebook
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
Be prepared to put in some hard time. It is very rare for someone to come directly out of school and land a role they love. Even though this might happen, be prepared for it not to and be ok with that. If you get in at the ground level of a good company, you will get the opportunity to show your value and work your way up. In most cases, if you are as good as you think you are, you will move up in no time and have more access to jobs that will fit you better and increase your job satisfaction.
Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?
Yes, please use firstname.lastname@example.org
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