Name: John Green
Class of: 2012
Major: Business Management
Position: Sales Associate in Digital Imaging
Employer: Best Buy
John commuted to Rivier every day to attend class. Although he did not live on campus, John
stayed committed to becoming an active member of Rivier’s campus community. During his sophomore year, John joined and
became actively involved with the Rivier Business Club. During his junior year John was elected Vice
President and in his senior year became President of the Club. With John’s leadership, the Business Club was
awarded the President’s Leadership Award from Campus Compact for outstanding
contributions to community service, service learning, and/or civic engagement
efforts on campus.
What accomplishments did you have
while Vice President of the Rivier Business Club?
President of the Business Club, I helped bring back a Holiday Fair that the
university had in the past. The success
of the fair helped us pay for a DECA Conference in New York City and was a
blast for all students, especially for those who went to New York for the first
time because of their efforts. My role
as Vice President was to manage monthly officer meetings, promote the club, and
fill in when needed in leading weekly meetings with club members. Also while Vice President the Business Club
won a Presidents’ Leadership Award from Campus Contact; which is now displayed
in the Business Department.
What accomplishments did you have
while President of the Rivier Business Club and how have those accomplishments
helped you with your current career?
I had a lot
more flexibility as President. I began
by changing the club name from Business Student Association to Rivier Business
Club because I wanted to make the club seem less formal in order to increase
membership. I also made all club agendas
and minutes viewable online without any login or password which gave
transparency for student government to see what the club was up to and also
gave more flexibility to students who were interested in the club but couldn’t
always attend meetings. I implemented a
“membership program” which gave discounts on trips to loyal members as opposed
to students who would come to the meeting once and go on a field trip with us
for cheap. I scheduled another
conference to New York City, a DECA Conference in Rhode Island, and an
educational trip to Washington DC. I’m
pretty sure we had the most field trips out of any club. These accomplishments are definitely a resume builder but also helped me greatly in my
career because it helped me make decisions on the spot that’s best for the
Did your participation in the Rivier
Business Club help solidify your choice of Business Management as your major?
Club definitely helped solidify that a degree in Business was the right choice
for me because I felt that the club gave me and other students the best
opportunity to express leadership. The
students are solely responsible for the success or failure of any club at
Did your Sales Associate position
become possible after receiving your degree from Riv?
I was a sales associate during my time at Riv. I joined Best Buy during my sophomore year.
Rivier helped teach me the Business practices that Best Buy uses and every company
uses from financial accounting to strategic management, and those are things I
can apply to any company I work for.
What Career Development Center
services did you utilize?
with the Career Development Center mainly for resume writing skills, and it was
extremely valuable because I had a lot of questions as to the format of a
resume, how to make it stand out in a recruiters pile, plus the Career
Development Center helped with showing me how to list my accomplishments
concisely and effectively.
What job search techniques did you
find most valuable (i.e. internships, networking, student
I am a big
fan of LinkedIn since it allows me to showcase my talents in a lengthy
resume-like profile page. LinkedIn is
also great for searching for jobs and for getting recommendations from
co-workers, professors, and others.
What was your most important
accomplishment while attending Rivier?
accomplishment at Rivier was running a successful business club from breaking down
barriers that made us seem too formal to promoting transparency by posting all
of our agendas and minutes publicly online.
Specifically my best accomplishment as President of the Business Club
was the Holiday Fair that we had which raised enough money to helped partly
fund 4 major trips to New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and Boston.
Based on your experience, what
advice would you give current students to be better prepared for their
My advice to
current students is to get involved as much as they can, and to network with
both students at Rivier and at other colleges and universities as well as
network with professionals. Being a club
officer at Rivier was great since Rivier is a small school and therefore you
basically have a blank canvas as far as exploring your creativity or leadership