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Francis Quispe

Management Trainee, Enterprise

I graduated from Wyoming Catholic College in the Class of 2016 and am currently working for the Denver International Airport branch of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In my capacity as a Management Trainee, I deal directly with customers who are renting vehicles and am the one responsible for them (and the vehicles they rent) from the time they walk up to the counter to the moment when they hand the keys back at the end of their trip. Sales and customer service are the core focuses in my position—both of which I had never done before. While a number of my summer jobs had certainly given me a chance to practice a variety of skills, it was my education here at Wyoming Catholic that most prepared me for management-level work.

Enterprise hired me directly after graduation, when I had nothing but a Liberal Arts degree. Wyoming Catholic College prepared me to think outside the box, however—to act, and to relate to people from all walks of life. In short, it taught me how to be the best possible person I can be.  Problem-solving, sales, and customer service are not skills that all are born with, but my education prepared me for all of them. Classes that are discussion-based (rather than strictly lectures) taught me for the importance of listening to each customer’s story. Living without the distraction of cell-phones gave me the tools to engage in meaningful conversation with my customers and coworkers.

I did get jokes about my liberal arts degree at first, but those died down after I was named one of the airport’s Top 15 Salesmen within a month of starting there, and I have found that my job performance is directly related to my completeness as a person. The business world functions because of people, and everything I learned about in my four years in Lander gave me an advantage that many other business-majors do not enjoy. I am thankful for the significant development of my mind, my body, and my spirit at Wyoming Catholic College.

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