tivating a Career:
Andy Orr’s Persistent Job Search
By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06
nternships can lead to fantastic jobs. Sounds simple, right? Ask Andy Orr ’10, who searched for a job in the recent recession. Andy’s path from unemployed undergrad to savvy professional is, in large part, thanks to his diversified internships and plain old persistence.
August 2010: The Career Services office forwards Andy an internship opportunity at Cisney & O’Donnell Professional Remodelers & Custom Builders. He checks it out and submits an application—even though he’s looking for a full-time job— and keeps pursuing other employment.
September 2010: A full-time position opens at Cisney & O’Donnell just days after Andy interviewed for the internship. After applying at 45 companies and experiencing eight job interviews, Andy secures employment as a full-time Sales Associate and Estimator. Now he’s incorporating solar energy into a new build—for Juniata’s President Tom Kepple and his wife, Pat.
Fall 2009: At the beginning of his senior year, Andy interns as a Career Peer Consultant for Juniata’s Career Services Office. His ideas are golden—Juniata holds more networking events now than ever before.
May 2010: Andy graduates from Juniata with a B.S. in human resource management with a secondary emphasis in psychology. The job search begins…
Today: Is Andy using his degree? “At Juniata, I honed my ability to learn. It’s not so much about what it was I was learning, but how,” Andy points out. And, if you think he’s finished with his education, think again. Andy takes classes like Blueprint Reading at the PA Construction Academy, explores sustainable strategies and delves into computer assisted design.
Andy’s Advice: “I want others to know: Not everyone is a superstar kid who can land a lucrative job immediately. You don’t have to be a senator’s son or have a 4.0. Just get out there, on the grind and find a place to work.” juniata / Fall ’11
Photos: courtesy Andy Orr ’10
Summer 2009: To embellish his love for the great outdoors, Andy interns as a summer landscaper in the Beautification Office of the Lake Raystown Resort.