Haslam Class of 2016 Graduates Head to Work with Top Employers

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Bryan Potts is a management trainee with the Cintas Corporation.

Four years ago, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business undergraduate class of 2016 began a journey that has culminated in a group of well-rounded professionals entering the workforce.

Employers hiring business students who graduated during the 2015-16 academic year include: Amazon.com, Dell, the Dollar General Corporation, EY, Georgia Pacific, International Paper, Norfolk Southern, PepsiCo and Pilot Flying J.

Allison Connor started as a human resources generalist at Phillips & Jordan, a Knoxville-based construction company, in May after doing an internship with the company and completing her degree.

“The company culture at Phillips & Jordan is great because everyone is down-to-earth and works really hard to accomplish their goals,” said Connor. “The professors at Haslam did a really good job helping me prepare for the next step in my career. Having an internship and creating relationships with both my professors and internship colleagues was crucial for me to get this job.”

Ashleigh Williams, who is graduating this summer, will begin working as an accountant for General Electric’s Global Operations Division in Cincinnati. During her time at Haslam, Williams has participated in the Venture Living Learning Community and joined the National Association of Black Accountants. She completed internships at Kroger and EY.

“The Haslam College of Business has been preparing me for this role since my freshman year,” Williams said. “Not only did I learn the technical aspects of accounting, but I also developed necessary skills in interviewing and networking. I took the initiative to reach out to recruiters through my relationship with the National Association of Black Accountants and get this position.”

According to Bryan Potts, who in June joined the Cintas Corporation’s management training program, a key outcome of his Haslam education has been that he learned to think strategically with long-term vision. He studied marketing and supply chain management with a collateral in international business.

“One of my favorite aspects about Cintas’ management training program is that I am required to train in almost every position, giving me firsthand knowledge of how all aspects of the company operate,” Potts said.

The University of Tennessee gathers statistics about internships and job placements for current students and recent alumni, who can notify the Office of Career Development about their current career standing by taking a survey at: https://utk.12twenty.com/.

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