Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017
In the words of author Ester Hicks, “Just find your alignment; and those who are also in alignment will recognize you.” This sentiment could not be any truer for senior business administration major Carl Carpenter. Not only does Carl graduate this coming Spring, but he graduates with a secured position with Team Scotti, a Major League Baseball’s (MLB) insurance broker in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Carl met his future boss, Westminster alumnus Richard Humphrey, at a Student Alumni Association networking event at the College. After talking with Humphrey for almost two hours, Richard asked Carl to interview for an intern position with Team Scotti. After enduring the lengthy process, Carl learned he earned the internship and would soon get a taste of his soon-to-be career. Two summer internships later, Team Scotti offered him a position post-graduation.
During his internships, Carl worked with the MLB, the MLB Office of the Commissioner and front office personnel to provide group health insurance and disability insurance to the teams.
“I love working with the teams and the front office personnel along with my team at Team Scotti,” Carl said. “I just really enjoy what I do. Working with baseball sports has always been a passion of mine.”
However, the road to his dream job was not as simple as it sounds. Carl switched majors twice before finally ending up in the business department and has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities throughout his four years.
“When I first came to Westminster, I was a math major,” Carl laughed. “Then I was a political science major, and then I finally went to business. [Being a business major] got me set up and aligned with the right mentors.”
Carl’s mentors and classes helped him learn skills that he used daily in his internship and continues to build on as he goes into the workforce. While talking with CEOs and presidents of companies, Carl is able to draw on his knowledge from classes and advice from professors to communicate effectively.
Carl attributes his vocational success to keeping himself busy on campus and not limiting himself within his major.
“Be a well-rounded person,” he said. “[Employers] are not looking for someone who has a 4.0. They’re looking for someone with good grades who can talk to someone, communicate and have the skills and abilities to make a difference.”
Written by Megan Simpson