Only a few weeks ago, our Classroom to Career interns were hitting the books in preparation for finals on their college campuses, but now, they’re managing their own schedules and making sales full time. This transition can be daunting for any student, but with the skills-based training through Dardis Academy, interns already have the tools they need to succeed.
“The Dardis Academy prepared me for this entrepreneurial experience by giving me the tools and communication practices that are used by the best salespeople in the world,” recent grad Haley Fischer said. “It gave me confidence in the method we use to reach our potential customers and allowed me to narrow my focus.”
While connecting with new people to make sales in her territory of Northern Illinois has been the biggest challenge for Fischer, she’s thankful for the support of the Recruitment Managers to guide each intern along the way.
For future Grand View University sophomore Luke Schroeder, the key to effectively managing the transition starts with his routine.
“I treat this internship as I would any other full-time job including getting up early every day, not being able to hang out with friends all day, and keeping an actual schedule so I can manage my time precisely,” he said.
Schroeder, whose territory encompasses the Dubuque area, continues to learn how to be patient through the ups and downs of the sales world. Thankfully for him, he’s already formed a solid network that he can lean on this summer and beyond.
“I could have never imagined how many new connections I would have three weeks into this internship,” he said.
June Weekly Sales Leaders
One month into the 2014 Dardis Classroom to Career internship program, our interns have already logged an impressive amount of sales. Congratulations to our June weekly sales leaders:
Week 1: Dylan Vidinich, $2,730 weekly sales
Illinois State University, Junior, Team Illinois
Week 2: Cameron James, $5,755 weekly sales
University of Iowa, Sophomore, Team Iowa
Week 3: Ryan Gardner, $5,715 weekly sales
Creighton University, Sophomore, Team Nebraska
Week 4: Trevor Morlock, $2182 weekly sales
College of St. Scholastica, Junior, Team Minnesota
Week 5: Ty Flood, $1,855 weekly sales
University of Northern Iowa, Junior, Team Iowa
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