Tag Archives: sales

Joining the Sales Centre

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 22 February 2019

This semester I decided to go out on a limb and broaden my options for a career. After speaking with several of my professors, having coffee with another professor and networking with a student involved, I decided this was my chance: I then began the application process for The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre. The application process is rather lengthy, but very detailed, with a very difficult interview immediately following.

Many think of sales being only Business majors or Communication majors but that is not true at all! I didn’t realize until now all the endless opportunities there are for Engineers in sales. Technical Sales or Sales Engineering are two rather popular positions. Already working towards a technical degree and being a social position I though why not?

On the day of my interview, I put my best on and headed to Nelson Commons where there where many booths and lots of tables with applicants filling the seats. I was approached by the co-chair of the Schey Centre and between her and a business partner, I proceeded with the most difficult interview I have ever had!

The interview was very well structured, and I found to be valuable regardless of the result. Two days later, I woke up to my acceptance letter. I was a part of the 27% accepted into the #1 Collegiate Sales Program in the nation!

I am very proud of making it in and can’t express how important it is to get into different programs like these while you are in college. Not only am I able to take classes and earn a certificate in sales, but I also now have Monday night workshops and plenty of professional development opportunities.

Some of these workshops are run by the Schey’s business partners, therefore putting me in front of more career paths! I also have already attended my first Schey Career Fair. This career fair is only open to Schey Members (super awesome amenity). Did I mention the Schey has 100% job placement? I highly encourage joining this!

Networking Through the Sales Centre

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 1 November 2017

I was recently inducted into the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre here on campus. Schey is the #1 sales center in the country and has 100% job placement after graduation.

A lot of people ask why an engineer would join a sales center and what kind of benefits they would realistically get? Well to answer that, Schey is one of the best networking platforms I’ve been a part of. Furthermore, I have always had a bit of interest in technical sales, and Schey has over 50 corporate sponsors, including many technical sales companies.

I went to the Schey career fair and I thought I wouldn’t be there long because I only wanted to hit the tech sales booths. While walking around, I saw a few manufacturing companies, and even though they were hiring for sales, I told them about my manufacturing experience and showed interest. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked out of that career fair with two manufacturing engineer interviews, and a phone screening with Dell EMC.

The point I want to get at is that networking is such a huge part of one’s career. Obviously, classwork and involvement is important but I do agree with the statement “it’s all about who you know”. Everyday you get out of bed and go about your business, you are networking.

The motivated individuals in a group like Schey that you surround yourself with, the countless connections on LinkedIn and your willingness to reach out to them, the guy or gal sitting next to you at the barber shop, even your barber can be valuable connections! Networking comes from a wide variety of sources and I always try to expose myself to many situations and experiences because I know it will pay off.

I have always been a natural extrovert. In regards to my education, people are my favorite subject. I say that people are my passion because I know I can learn a lot about myself, what I want in a career and plenty of other valuable knowledge from others. Taking the extra steps to meet people and learn about other industries has allowed me a sense of stability in my job search and I plan to keep up the solid networking in the upcoming years.

Accepting a Job and Starting My Career

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I’ve got great news–I accepted a full time job offer from Gosiger last week! And the crazy thing is…I don’t even graduate until December of 2014! It was a great feeling when they said “we want to extend you a job offer.” And after all the incentives and everything else they offered I accepted it!


Gosiger is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Distributor and Engineering Solutions company. They’re located in Dayton, Ohio and I will be working there this summer and will start full time after I graduate.


I really love the Russ College of Engineering and Technology because of how well they prepared me for this opportunity; both in the sense of technical skills, but also how to do a job interview. This is completely different from applying for a job at your local restaurant and temp hire during the summer. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER!

I feel really blessed and thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been presented with. I’ll be a Sales Engineer at Gosiger. As an Engineering Technology and Management student, I was able to achieve my certificate in Technical Sales during my stay at OU. I would highly recommend it because it helped me become a much more well-rounded individual in the business side of engineering because ETM students already are required to minor in business.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Self, I bet he had to stay a whole extra semester/year to earn a certificate in Technical Sales.” Fact is I didn’t. I was able to substitute my technical electives for sales electives.

If you’re interested in the sales centre, here is a link to their website.

If I were to explain it on this blog, it would be at least a few pages long! A career in sales is not what everyone thinks it is. It is a very rewarding career that I’m ecstatic about and can’t wait to start my career in January 2015!