Erik Eitel ’11 (Washington, D.C.) took risks that allowed him to stay in the nation’s capital.
Erik, a sport management grad, works for a small start-up company called GovLoop, which provides original training material to help government employees do their jobs better.
“My role as business development specialist is to improve and maintain our sales customer relationship management system, and also generate new business through sponsorship sales,” he said.
If someone had asked him when he graduated from York College in 2011 if he would be working within the government community, Erik would have said, “no way!”
Fortunately for Erik, he embraced the opportunities that were presented to him.
Before the spring semester of his senior year at York, he moved to Washington, D.C., to intern for the NHL’s Washington Capitals where he worked with the ticket sales teams on lead generation, as well single-game sales.
“When I finished my internship that following May, I chose to stay in D.C., where I landed my first real job with a local start-up called LivingSocial,” he said. “After two years as an inside sales representative, I ended up at GovLoop.”
Sport management professor Tim Newman, Ph.D., prepared Erik for his opportunities in and out of the sports world.
“As many other people can attest to, his classes put you in real-life situations,” he said. “I still dig out marketing plans from his classes to use as templates for projects that I am working on.”
Erik chose to take risks in his career and recommends that other students do the same.
“There will be plenty of people who might tell you something isn't possible, but if you want it badly enough, you will make it happen,” he added. “YCP provides students with plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Seize those opportunities and begin networking the minute you step on campus.”
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