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Alumni Profile: Alumna credits real-world experience for her career success

Seminole State alumna Kaitlyn Noyes and her dog Hannah enjoying the winter snow in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

If you’d told Kaitlyn Noyes a year ago that she’d find herself moving to Kalamazoo for a job, she probably wouldn’t have believed you. Serving as team lead for her capstone project during her final semester at Seminole State College directly led – she believes – to a job as a Sales Operations Analyst for Stryker Instruments, headquartered in Michigan.

Noyes, 24, wasn’t even sure she was the right person to lead her team during their capstone project, but her four other team members nominated her, and in hindsight, she’s glad they challenged her in that way. Now a Sales Operations Analyst for surgical instrument manufacturer Stryker Instruments, she’s using her problem-solving, delegation, and critical thinking skills to analyze market indicators that help Stryker’s sales force better compete in the marketplace.

Noyes, who is also a graduate of Lake Howell High School, graduated from Seminole State College in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Management. She found herself at crossroads several years earlier when she was faced with the decision to finish her education at Seminole State College or the University of Central Florida. It was ultimately the smaller class sizes, the individual attention given to students, and the affordability that led to her decision to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Seminole State College.

Under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Beehner, a professor in Seminole State College’s Business Information Management program, Noyes and her capstone project team completely overhauled the business operations of a small jewelry store in Volusia County. Noyes and her team convinced the store to implement a new point-of-sale (POS) system, a customer relationship management (CRM) program, an inventory tracking system, a new website, and updated social media platforms. In essence, Noyes said, “We took a company that had been around for a while and changed the way they do business. We brought them into the 21st century.”

Noyes credits this real-world experience with helping her to land a well-paying job in her area of study mere weeks after graduation. “The fact that I worked with a real company, overseeing a real team, helped me stand out in my interviews with the company.”

When asked what she’s most proud of, Noyes notes “During the past few months, I’ve graduated from college and have landed this dream job. I am proud of how well-prepared I felt entering the workforce, and I know that the valuable tools I gained along the way are going to make me successful not only now, but in the future as well.” 

Seminole State College Alumni Association: The Seminole State College Alumni Association provides benefits and services for alumni as they continue their lifelong connection with Seminole State College of Florida, providing opportunities for them to network with one another, interact with the student body and support the College. To learn more, visit the Alumni Association website.

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