School: Middle Tennessee State University
Graduation Date: May, 2018
“The most important thing that the CIM program gave to me was the ability to build a tremendous network of alumni, Patrons and other people working in the field to call on when you need help or guidance when starting out in the industry. ”
Which CIM program did you graduate from and in which year?
I recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University’s CIM program with a concentration in production, sales and services in May of 2018.
What is your current position and responsibilities at BASF?
I am a sales trainee at BASF. My responsibilities include learning the admixture products extensively to help clients determine which product is best for their specific projects. Also, I provide technical support for clients and help them with any questions they may have.
Why did you choose this position and this company?
I chose BASF due to the support, security and advancement that the company has as well as their friendly and supportive work atmosphere. Another reason I chose this company was because they specialize in admixtures, which is a segment in the concrete industry that I find very intriguing. Because of these factors, BASF is the perfect fit.
How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities?
The CIM program provided the tools and the skills to help me succeed in this new career. CIM offered many opportunities to problem solve, as well as become familiar with the concrete industry on a dayto-day basis. The most important thing that the CIM program gave to me was the ability to build a
tremendous network of alumni, Patrons and other people working in the field to call on when you need help or guidance when starting out in the industry.
Why did you choose the CIM program?
I choose the CIM program due to the variety of paths that you can take with your career from sales to engineering to project management. The options are endless and overall, it is an ever-changing field that
will keep you interested every day.
The CIM program works with businesses to provide summer internships for CIM students. During your time at MTSU, were you able to take advantage of that program or any other special programs to develop your industry knowledge?
During my time at MTSU I was able to have an internship with BASF the summer of my junior year. This internship opened the door to a full-time position that I accepted before graduation. I also was able
to take part in many trips the program offered to learn more about the industry and build a network of industry professionals to tap into.
What advice would you give to current CIM students?
My advice to students in the program would be – don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because everyone in this industry wants to see you learn and succeed. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to people in the industry and introduce yourself. Those connections that you make in school will come back around and help you in the long run.