Josh Hermann ’09 (Berkeley, Calif.) traveled across the country to interview for a position recommended to him by a former boss.
With an impressive resume for a young professional, including internships with Ripken Baseball and the Harrisburg Senators, Josh began working with the Philadelphia 76ers as an account executive soon after his graduation from York College.
After living on the East Coast his entire life, Josh was contacted by his first boss, who hired him with the 76ers. He informed him of a possible job opening at the University of California at Berkeley (CAL). At first Josh was not interested in the position; however, after an interview and visit to the college he fell in love with the area and the opportunity.
“I simply bought a one-way ticket to California,” said Josh. “It was kind of liberating.”
Josh was hired as a premium sales and service representative at CAL, where he sells and services tickets, as well as donations for both the football and basketball programs at the school. Before his arrival, the work of his department was outsourced to a third party company.
“CAL was the first to bring the staff in-house,” said Josh. “Soon enough more and more colleges and universities will be doing the same.”
Josh attributes his success to his professor, Tim Newman, Ph.D., for the way he prepared his sport management students for the “real world” with grueling projects and tests.
“I despised the work that went into his classes and the expectations he set for all of his students,” said Josh. “But, truth be told, he was the best possible thing that could have ever happened to my professional career.”
He advises students to “become as involved as possible with extracurriculars, network and gain experience for your resume.”
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