Written by: Paul Sobecki
(The interview took more like an hour, but that’s not important right now)
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ohio State alum, Sam Woods, in an effort to pull some of his wisdom and insight to assist in the future success of Fisher students…
What is your current role? I support the Old El Paso business for General Mills as an Associate Human Resources Manger in Hannibal, Missouri. This includes recruiting, work system design, corrective actions, and organizational effectiveness.
What was your journey at Ohio State like? Ohio State was another country for me because I came from the Wild Wild West. My first football tailgate was amazing: Buckeye candies, Cornhole, it was all so foreign to me and I ate it up.
What are some of the things upcoming graduates should consider when looking for a future employer? Look at someone who was you 5 years ago and evaluate: Are they with the company still, Job titles, Compensation, Work/life balance? Reach out to alumni, go to LinkedIn, and leverage THE OFFICE OF CAREER MANAGEMENT! (Sam’s shout out)
What are “Sam’s Keys” to being successful at your job?
1) Be aware of how you are perceived; your ability to get things done is directly proportional to how you’re perceived in your organization.
2) Take time everyday to digest what you’ve accomplished, what you want to accomplish, and the next steps.
3) Don’t care who gets the credit. No limit to the good you can do if you don’t care. Promotions and recognition will come.
Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Supporting Latin America Division as HR Manager. Still in HR, still happy, and “doin what I do.” Impacting more people than I am today and still work for the ethical company that is comfortable with my personal priorities.
Any suggestions for making college a success? Understand the laws of diminishing returns (Sam’s secret love of economics clearly shows here) For example, if you study for 3 hours and get an A-, or study for 6 hours and get an A…study for 3 and go hang out with your friends for the other 3! Learn to take ownership of actions, grades, situations.
Is there anything you would have done differently in your time at Fisher? Spent more time reading Wall Street Journal and other resources we are given free access to at Fisher and Ohio State, taken more diverse classes outside of my specific discipline, and reached out more to broaden myself. The workforce sometimes pushes you to be an expert at a few things and you can lose well-rounded high level thinking. Always push yourself to learn as many different things as possible.
Sam makes many great points throughout this interview. Take some time to read back through his answers and discover if you are able to apply any of it to your own ambitions and goals.
Here is Sam’s Mark Twain quote:
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
Until Next Time.