Students know how important it is to be exposed by employees to have a better viewpoint on what jobs and majors they would take.
On April 25, employees from General Motors, Quicken Loans, and many other companies were at CMA notifying everyone about their background and experiences from work and in life.
Michelle Lee and Tavonne Pierce, senior corporate auditors at General Motors, spoke to students about their background, personal life, and General Motors. As they spoke, students were engaged and took notes so they can implement in their lives.
When asked about her challenges in life, Michelle Lee said: “I didn’t face any challenges getting into college. However, I did have some once I got there. The biggest challenge was all the freedom college afforded me and not having someone always over my shoulder directing me or telling me what to do. The biggest challenge turned out to be a great life lesson. In college, I had to become accountable for every decision I made (whether that was personal or career wise). There was no more blaming mom and dad, and I knew there was a point where I would have to be accountable for my success (or failure).”
Pierce was also asked about her challenges by students and said: “The challenges that I faced when deciding on college was figuring out what I wanted my major to be. I changed my major a few times during my college career until I found the right fit for me and my future. I encourage students to not get discouraged if you are unsure of what you want your major to be initially. It is totally alright to switch your career path a few times until you find your passion.”
Pierce also gave interesting advice to the students.
“Focus on your high school grades and ACT/SAT scores," Pierce said. "These factors can make a difference in whether you go to college on a scholarship or have to pay out of pocket. ... Once in college I encourage everyone to study hard the first year. The freshman year can be difficult as you transition from high school to college.”