My First Business Trip

Just because you are in college does not mean that you cannot begin your career. I am currently on a co-op with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids in their Supply Chain Services department. This means that I am away from Iowa State this semester to work full-time. As a co-op, I am working as if I was a “normal” full-time employee. This enables me to work on projects that will directly affect our internal employees and external customers like Boeing, Airbus, the United States Government, and many more.

Last week, I traveled to Winston Salem, North Carolina, to learn more about our Interior Systems business unit, and how we can continue to help each other be successful. Below I have included some of the fun things I was able to do outside of the office. While traveling for business can seem luxurious from these photos, while it was fun, I had a lot of responsibility for using company money wisely and professionally.

My advice for future travelers for business or interviews, make sure to stay modest. Remember that you are traveling as part of a business, and they have bills to pay just like you. Stay modest when you can in regard to the specific company policy as it states for airlines you can use/seats (First Class vs. Economy), hotel, rental vehicle, and food/drink allowance. Trips of any distance and length can be valuable to help you network and think of new and creative solutions. Finally, make sure to enjoy the trip too while you’re there, go see something different, or eat something delicious like I did at Kings Crab Shack and Oyster Bar (Instagram worthy pictures).

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