Melissa King heads to Procter and Gamble
After Kenyon: Purchasing Manager, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio
Outside of Class:Community Advisor, Housing and Residential Life; lifeguard; wind ensemble
What she'll be doing
Analyzing markets, exploiting trends, meeting with suppliers, and identifying business-building/cost-saving ideas. "It's kind of a 'liberal arts' job. I will be doing something different all the time."
The alumni connection
A P&G employee who was contacted through Kenyon Career Network helped King land an internship there last summer. "He made sure my resume got seen."
How a Kenyon education helped
Small-group discussions in honors seminars prepared King for the dynamics of the business world. "We sat in a circle, having to think on the spot. It was just like the business meetings I attended."
Writing and presenting papers sharpened her research and communication skills and "made me a better interviewee." Hands-on leadership experiences included helping to manage the student activities' budget, advising residents on housing issues, and educating students about the Kenyon Fund.
"It's kind of a 'liberal arts' job. I will be doing something different all the time."
King attended Kenyon for its swim program, but quickly embraced other opportunities, too. Her father, an engineer, initially questioned the practicality of a liberal arts education. "But now he couldn't be happier," she said. After all, his daughter has what she described as "a great job with above-average pay."