When Lindsay Swanson first visited Syracuse, she could tell the Martin J. Whitman School of Management was the small community on a big campus she needed.
“As I toured Whitman, I immediately felt as though it would offer a challenging, yet close-knit community,” said Swanson.
That close-knit community has meant connections with faculty who take interest in her future. Swanson is grateful to her professors for being extremely influential in helping her choose to pursue a career in supply chain management for medical devices. Last fall, she got a head start while completing a six-month co-op with Johnson & Johnson in its medical device division. Swanson polished her technical skills in Excel and different planning systems, and she was given opportunities to enhance her communication and leadership skills. An invaluable benefit of the experience was understanding the roles within the company, which helped reaffirm her career goals.
“During my co-op, I was able to speak with many VPs and directors,” she shared. “These interactions provided insight into the responsibilities and skills needed for leaders as well as the opportunities for growth within a company like Johnson & Johnson. This understanding helped shape my professional aspirations.”
In addition to her co-op at Johnson & Johnson, Swanson counts her involvement with SU ENACTUS as one of the most valuable experiences she has had at Whitman. As a freshman, she was unsure if business was her calling. That year, she joined ENACTUS and came to realize there is more to business than financials and accounting.
“Through ENACTUS, I have learned the role business and entrepreneurship can play in helping those in difficult situations get back on their feet,” added Swanson who currently serves as ENACTUS president-elect and will become president next year. “Working alongside my classmates to positively impact others in the community has been very rewarding.”
This article first appeared in the Whitman Spring 2017 Magazine.