May 3, 2023
Sam Wolff is from Exeter, New Hampshire and is a senior who is set to graduate this May!
Sam will be working for ALKU after graduation.
We asked Sam to share both his post-graduation plans and Pamplin experiences with us.
How did you pick your major or concentration? Does it relate to your job?
I am majoring in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management with a minor in Professional Sales. I have been surrounded by entrepreneurship and sales my entire life with my father being a restaurant entrepreneur, and my mother being in pharmaceutical sales. Luckily I will be using my sales minor in my job at ALKU.
How did you find your job? What is your job title and what do you think you will do for them?
I found my job at a Virginia Tech vs. JMU sales competition. The competition was attended by many companies and sponsors including ALKU. My job title is a Government IT Program Manager, and I will be working with Program Managers and Directors at defense contractors by supplying them with hard to find/niche resources for their respective programs.
How did you find out about this position and how was the recruitment process?
I first found out about this position at the previously mentioned sales competition, and from there the recruitment process was very smooth. I was able to get into an interview a week later, and the second interview 3 days after that. Within a week of my first interview at ALKU I was offered an internship spot for the Summer of 2022. Through my hard work I was offered a full time position after graduation one month into my internship and never hesitated to accept.
What are you looking forward to in starting your new position?
I am looking forward to starting my career in a new area of the country and meeting so many new people within my industry.
Where is your current job located? Are you excited about your work site?
Herndon, VA. I am very excited about this work site, as it is surrounded by young professionals like myself.
"I found my job at a Virginia Tech vs. JMU sales competition. The competition was attended by many companies and sponsors including ALKU. My job title is a Government IT Program Manager, and I will be working with Program Managers and Directors at defense contractors by supplying them with hard to find/niche resources for their respective programs. "
Please give a brief description of job, internship, and or school leadership positions that you led to your future career:
I believe my continual involvement at Virginia Tech led to my employment opportunity post-graduation, including leadership positions in the Entrepreneurship Club at VT, Innovate LLC and my participation in the Virginia Tech Sales Team. My first internship was during my sophomore year. I worked with a start-up staffing company started by a Virginia Tech graduate. This was a great steppingstone into my sales career and grew my passion for this profession. I then moved onto my internship with ALKU the next summer, which eventually led to my job post-graduation. I believe these experiences have prepared me for my future career.
What do you want to accomplish within your first year?
My goal for the first year at ALKU is to learn from my coworkers and leadership so that I can grow into the best salesman that I can be. (Winning Rookie of the Year would be great too).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to be a Training Center Manager for ALKU, so that I can teach interns everything that I will have learned in my 5 years working as a Program Manager.
What is your favorite part of being a management and or Pamplin student?
I have been so grateful for my time in Pamplin, primarily due to the immense amount of opportunities Pamplin grants you. Through the various networking events, socials, workshops, etc. that Pamplin has had to offer, I have been able to make so many good friends and strong relationships with industry professionals around the country.
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Has there been a faculty member or staff member within Pamplin and/or the MGT department that has served as a mentor or source of inspiration for you during your journey?
Yes, I wouldn’t have been granted these opportunities without the help of Laura Townsend, Brian Collins and Mark Michalsin, who have helped me through my Virginia Tech journey and inspiring me to get involved around campus.