Grand Blanc High School graduate Ross McEacheron V is working hard toward his dream career in human resources. Currently studying at the University of Michigan-Flint for a double major in human resource management and marketing, McEacheron has found many opportunities to build his skill set outside of school.
“I was working as a manager of a pizza place when I applied for a project manager position at 100K Ideas (a nonprofit with a mission to help innovators launch their businesses),” says McEacheron. “While working there, I connected with individuals in the Office of Economic Development at the University of Michigan-Flint, which is how I got a position there.”
McEacheron works as a research assistant for the UM-Flint office now, but he didn’t stop there.
“Through networking virtually, I was able to get a co-op position with Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions working in human resources,” says McEacheron. “I am currently working on their employee relations department. Then, after May, I will work with the talent acquisition department.”
McEacheron, who’s also a TeenQuest alum, hopes these steps will help him find a career in human resources – a field that he believes will challenge him and provide new experiences each day.
What does a typical day look like for you?
For my job at Emerson, I start my day by deciding what projects I should focus on. Then, I collaborate with departments and employees to figure out solutions for my projects. I do a lot of data analysis and interpretation. After that, with my research assistant job. There, I work with the team on a variety of projects.
How did the lessons learned in TeenQuest help you on your path to where you are now?
One of the biggest lessons was communication. I was nervous before TeenQuest but practicing interviewing and public speaking really helped me get to where I am today.
What skills do you use from TeenQuest when interviewing for a position?
Practicing group interviewing. It is something that is much more prevalent than I thought.
What advice would you offer current TeenQuest students?
Work on communications skills and make sure you network. You may meet one person and think you’ll never meet them again, but chances are you will.
What is your proudest moment since TeenQuest?
Making it this far, especially during a pandemic, as far as continuing my education and being able to work at Emerson and the Economic Development Office.
TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.