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5 in 5! Interview with Jeff of Myron Corporation

November 1, 2011

Myron Corporation LogoMyron specializes in quality promotional products like personalized calendars and promotional pens, and works closely with businesses to select the right promotional products to acquire, strengthen and grow relationships with customers and employees.

Jeffery Whyte-Capone is a college graduate from Arcadia University. He currently works at Myron Corporation (he started out as an intern!) where he creates, edits and updates their website. He works with both the graphics and marketing teams to get the most current and helpful information up on their website.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

I got started in the industry during my senior year of college. I had been taking web design classes since my freshman year and I decided to look for an internship while I was in school. To my amazement I was able to find a job and it was close. This gave me a lot of knowledge about how the work place works and I was able to gain real world experience in my industry. This helped make it easier for me to find another internship/job when I graduated. I would highly recommend looking for internships while in school to make the transition from school work to real work easier.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

I am not entirely sure on the future of my industry at this point. I am currently an entry level junior web developer/designer. I would like to keep working to become the senior web developer/designer and to increase my skill set.

Blogger Jeff Whyte-Capone3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

I am not involved in the hiring process, but I would look for someone who had good grades in school, had developed a well rounded skill set for the position they were applying for, but most of all I would look for someone who shows a willingness to learn.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

The number one thing I would say to display would be a willingness to learn new things and to pick up new opportunities. I was hired for my first internship because the gentleman wanted to teach someone and I showed that I was willing to learn anything he wanted to share. I also displayed this in my interview for my current job.

5. Have any intern stories to share?

I do not have an intern horror story as both of my internships have been good experiences. I believe my current job was a more successful internship because I was immediately put to work with our website and being trained on how to update and maintain new content that I was adding. The gentleman training me was very knowledgeable and nice to work with and kept me positive and made the internship fun. He was always impressed with my knowledge and ability to retain information and I soon became a huge help to the work that he was doing. Since then I have become one of the main people to create, edit and develop new content for our website.

6. How was your transition from an intern to a full-time employee?

There really wasn’t a huge transition from intern to full time. I think the biggest shock was when the company was forced to downsize and the gentleman training me and one other person I was working closely with were asked to leave. I was then on my own and had to teach myself new things and I had to pick up the work of both people plus the work I already had on my plate. I was able to balance out this change and I believe it helped make a good impression. Good organization skills and the ability to take good notes definitely helped to make that transition easier too because any questions I on tasks I had already done I was able to find in my notes.

Come spring semester, Myron will be searching for interns for the summer. Be sure to check back for the most recent internship postings.

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