This week my group will finish the meat freshness booklet and is waiting to implement the booklet into three different stores. This will be a very exciting week as we will find out if this booklet is something customers fine helpful or something that they seem to not really care for. When we are not in the store with the booklet we are going to start our PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is not being presented until August 18th, however we want to get a head start on it to make sure we are confident by the time it is due. I am really excited to see how everything starts to fall into place. We have been researching and working on this project for a large part of the summer and I finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Along with working on the project, our volunteer event is starting to come together. We will finish passing out flyers and spreading the word. We are now just waiting on our T-shirt order to come in and getting some small details finalized. This was an enjoyable part of the internship because we are making a difference for Children’s Mott Hospital. All the money we raise is going to their cancer wing within the hospital and to help those families that are going through this. We set a goal of $2,500, however we are all hoping we hoping to double that goal. We have two weeks until the event, so I hope we can continue to get donations and have volunteers sign up. This way we will be able to help the hospital the best we can.
This week I am wrapping up my internship and will have completed the 400 hours necessary for ABM 493. I have developed a relationship with this organization that could last a lifetime and I know I am going to miss this place. I am exploring the possibility of taking on a part time job here for the remainder of the summer. TMK’s CEO has already notified me that they have great interest in keeping me here but in the short term, if I could finish the summer off part time that would be very much appreciated.
Like in recent weeks, this week consists of mainly tours, school work, and finishing my creation of a directory for the next intern. The directory will have contact information of roadside stand/farmers markets, and advice on how to approach the project. The directory will be organized by Counties all across New Jersey and list ones I have visited with information attaining to what I got out of each visit. There will also be an appendix with the questionnaires I created to give a starting point for the next intern.
The main goal of the next intern is to visit as many of these markets as possible and eventually acquire new business along the way. TMK would like to separate ourselves from other vendors and actually be able to say we are in the field communicating and working with our customers and partners to get a feel for what the future looks like. It will also be valuable experience for the intern to meet these store owners and see how the stores are set up, what they sell, and what opportunities can be taken advantage of. The objective is not just to acquire a customer, but to help both parties become more aware of each other and its surroundings in a quickly changing industry. Having any kind of competitive advantage in today’s food industry will increase the likelihood for success, and that’s what we want to focus this project on.
This week I spent half of my week at a different store prepping and helping with inventory. This was something I decided to do on my own by asking if I could get opportunities to see another store in my district. Being that inventory only happens once a year, this was a great opportunity to help another store, meet other leaders, and see how they behave. I found it interesting going through their back room and prepping for a third party company to come in and count literally everything in the store. I could immediately tell that this particular store had a lot of lazy unmotivated people and that their leaders were not holding people accountable. This was my first thirty-minute impression. This was later backed up by finding out that many of their leaders were brand new and had been working tirelessly to turn things around in this store. My suggestion to them was to first lay out clear expectations, and what would be done if those expectations were not being met and then work on holding their team and team leaders accountable to those expectations.
The other half of the week I really took over running the store. On Monday, I felt super kind of silly but my soul was on fire with passion by the time I left the store. I felt alive and excited to be doing what I was doing and could really see myself having a great future with Target. I love leading and seeing those around me have success and I hold a lot of enjoyment seeing people develop and advance both personally and professionally. I also really enjoy having to be on my toes and remain ready for a curve ball at any moment.
After I get back from a three day weekend, I will be sitting down with my mentor and store team leader and discuss feedback, as well as how I am doing overall, and how I stand with receiving an offer or not. I sent my recruiter my list of preferred cities to relocate to. This was particularly exciting. I have the ability through Target to relocate nearly anywhere in the US. My choices were in the order of preference: Honolulu, Seattle, Portland, and Longbeach. I am really looking forward to seeing what my status will be with Target. If they do extend an offer, they may also offer an extended internship during the school year. I would be working at a Target near school in some type of leadership scope.
I am not sure if I would take an extended internship yet or not. This would be a great opportunity to keep developing myself through Target, but at the same time, I would have to give up jobs I really enjoy right on campus. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to weigh this type of decision out? How do you weigh out choosing between three things you love?
I am no longer shadowing my District Manager, Jay. My assignment for this week was to shadow the people at the recruiting center. There are usually two people at the recruiting center, one is the recruiting director and the other is a processor.
The first day I showed up, the director did not have a lot of things for me to do. It was a little boring in the beginning but the day picked up a little when I was partnered up with the processor in the front office. The processor’s job has many responsibilities and sort of acts as a receptionist. However, the processor does more than just greeting and scheduling. On a daily basis the processor will call potential new hires to schedule an interview with the director but they can hire new employees themselves since they know what stores need new employees. Keeping records on who applied and those that were hired are important to the company’s hiring standards. Also, the processor is in charge of on-boarding new hires to their job location.
During the week I was given the responsibility of calling applicants and setting up their interviews for the rest of the week and next week. It was a long process of sifting through applications and communicating instructions to applicants. Now, I have not only talked to different kinds of customers but to applicants of different experiences. On my last day at the recruiting center I sat in on interviews. The interview itself can be a frustrating experience. Applicants often lie about their experience, their working availability and overall background. There were a few diamonds in the rough though. We picked out a person who was Co-Manager material and two people that would work best at the stores.
This week I also met with the other interns to discuss and start making our internship project for the Regional Manager and Human Resources. We have been assigned to make a video on how General Managers at Speedway stores should greet their new hires and welcome them to the team. This topic is very important since many of the new hires at Speedway quit in the first 72 hours of working because they did not feel welcomed or was not introduced to the convenience store life the right way.
I can’t even begin to believe that this is my last blog post. Lots of seed and pallet returns accomplished, tons of plot work, over 100 scouts done, signs in the ground, over 40 farms prospected, soybean awareness forms handed out, new relationships established and more learned than I could have ever imagined.
This week consisted of prospecting, riding along with Zak on Sales calls and preparing for my new customer recruitment event and scouting more corn.
Lots of corn is pollinating or was currently just pollinated, and I have been learning about all that comes after this. When silks start to turn brown and when you are able to count the population estimate on corn, all very interesting things to me. I love to learn all of the different stages of corn and all that goes along with it. Corn changes so fast it blows my mind! To think that harvest will be just around the corner.
AgriGold has taught me that you’re going to fail, be challenged, learn, struggle and most of all learn more than you thought imaginable about yourself, and find your passion in each and every little thing. I’ve learned that I love the little things, especially about agronomic knowledge and all of the things that go with it. I’ve also learned what I don’t like. I’ve learned that prospecting isn’t always my favorite thing and often times makes me feel like I am bugging growers. I’ve also learned that tall corn can freak me out at times. But in everyday you can find good and will never stop learning as long as you put 100% into each day. I would never change this experience and would at any chance I have recommend other students to first of all take an internship with AgriGold, a once in a lifetime experience and overall to do an internship. Any internship teaches you so much for the future and helps shape the experiences and choices you will make after graduation.
Okay, so Green and White days were this week and oh my gosh, I feel dead. This week was absolutely crazy with long hours and crazy business. We made over $16,000 in revenue in the last six days on the truck and about over $3,000 profit after everything is taken out. That is huge, even if that seems small. The Food Truck has made quite a comeback from where it was three years ago and its future is looking bright.
As for 1855, the opening is next Tuesday and I am not sure everything will be ready, but ready or not here we come. Last week and this week was a lot of training for their employees, but possibly not enough. We learned that 1855 Marketplace has been in the plans for MSU for about the last seven years and unfortunately things still did not work out as planned. On the upside of things within the building is one of the largest, if not the largest Starbucks in the world which is crazy! The amount of inventory we saw them receive over the summer was crazy, but it is a great addition for MSU to have. I am so excited to see what the market will bring to campus even though I will be in charge of making sure production is done on time.
What I think is weird, is 1855 is not working towards making a profit within the marketplace. It is simply there to breakeven which I am a little confused by along with others. They will be competing with Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods, and Foods for Living along with the cafeterias, but why not make a profit while they are at it? On a complete opposite note, there operation within that building is air conditioned which will be really nice for customers and the workers, which they are STILL hiring! So apply at RHS people admin or for MSU Corporate Kitchen!
This week was the final week of our baseball season and the final week of the internship. Our team ended up winning the championship so that was exciting for us. The last couple days I spent in Palm Springs were spent getting my car prepared to drive back across the country. I left two days ago and am currently driving through Iowa as I type this. My friend and I made a stop in Las Vegas on the way back and won a few hundred dollars on blackjack so it has been a pretty great trip so far. I have about 9 hours left until I will finally be home. As I reflect on my internship I’m definitely grateful that I got this opportunity to live and work in California for the summer. I learned some new things and met some people that I will never forget. I’m looking forward to being home and having a month until school starts.
This week didn’t have a whole lot of excitement. It did keep me busy however. One of the projects that I had the opportunity to work on was tracking where all the instruments in a certain product line were. I had to look through a spreadsheet and verify that each instrument was still active and with the company. This took a lot of time because there were over 8000 instruments to look through. Another project that I liked working on this week was back in my main product line. In this project I took all of the price lists and had to convert the costs into the currency of the other countries where Neogen is based. This was a very interesting project because I got to see how the US dollar was holding up against other currencies.
Well I only have a month left of my internship at GreenStone and I am hoping that I get the offer to continue on. I have learned a lot, met some great people, gained new experiences, and even made a friend in my mentor. So I am happy that I took the chance to apply for this internship, even though I didn’t meet the GPA requirement.
My mentor is the best, but I might be biased because she has also became my friend. She does a great job at being there to answer questions and teach me things, but also lets me take the initiative and figure things out on my own. She is also fun to work with! It is also nice to have a mentor that really cares, especially outside of work. My mentor cares enough about me to come to my Grandpa’s visitation just to show that she is here for me. She has never met my Grandpa or my family, yet she still came. That is the kind of person I want to work with.
I have also come to realize from my internship that maybe I could see myself taking a sales position. If I get a job offer at GreenStone I would want to be a crop insurance agent. Yes I would be doing a sales position, but I would also be interacting with and helping farmers and the farming community. Being an agent would also get me away from sitting behind a desk all of the time. As long as I believe in what I am selling and can have positive interactions with the targeted customers, I think I could be a salesperson.
GreenStone is a great company to work for. They care about their employees and customers. They are also welcoming, friendly, professional, and fun. Each branch is different, but overall the working atmosphere at GreenStone has been a positive experience for me.