We recently visited with Terrence Thompson from Chicago regarding his current work and his perspective on the role Year Up played in his success.
What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
I work in Strategic Sourcing, and I have been in this role for a little over 16 months. I support the IT Colleague Services function of Global Spend Management along with other areas under Global Spend Management here at AON. I coordinate meetings, establish processes, and drive projects through to completion.
What gave you the edge when it came to interviewing for this position?
Besides being an intern here, and learning the ins and outs of the department, I am the first permanent hire AON has made from an intern position. Most of the time they convert the interns to contracted positions. AON told me that I showed the skill level of a seasoned employee, similar to what a college graduate would exhibit. My drive and motivation were key in their decision.
I am a junior in college and wish to graduate in 2016 with my Bachelor’s in Business and Economics with a concentration in Business Administration. I have been working full time and going to school full time, so I am anxious to finish school. I also want to be promoted during that time frame, and take on more responsibilities.
What advice would you give to a new Year Up student?
Pay attention to details and stay on top of things. It is very easy to get behind if you don’t pace yourself.
With full-time school and work, have you been able to find time to give back to Year Up?
Yes I have! I am the Vice President on the alumni board for Chicago and interact with students frequently. A recent example would be the Welcome Reception I just participated in. It is important for me to find the time to give back, and the experience helps me further my leadership skills.
What would your LC classmates be surprised to hear about you today?
That I am described as very ambitious and motivated….especially for an employee with only 16 months at AON.
What is your favorite quote about facing challenges?
Your attitude determines your latitude!