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Distinxion, Iron Pit Gym and Trilogy : Career Fair Attendees

Choosing a first job after college can be a very exciting, but overwhelming time in our lives. There are a lot of things to consider…like getting our resume together, practicing for interviews, where we want to live and what type of companies we want to work for. But, if we do our research, and get out in to the community to gain first hand experience, we can alleviate some of that job search anxiety. We have an amazing opportunity to expose us to various careers right here on campus through our School of Public Health Career Fair on October 28th from 10:30am-1:30pm in PH163 (Gym).

I’ve had the privilege of talking with three different individuals from the community: Luke Zeller with Distinxion, Matt Andrews with Iron Pit Gym, and Joy Wissel with Trilogy. Each of them have great stories to tell about how they came to where they are in their professional career, insights to their current job, and some advice for us college students that they wish they knew when they were in our shoes.

Check out the interviews below from Luke, Matt, and Joy. I hope you can use their stories to get the wheels turning for possible career opportunities for yourself. Every field has tons of different avenues of employment. As you’ll see, each of these professionals is in the wellness field, but all in very different ways. So, take a look, see if anything catches your eye, and if it does, stop by the career fair and get a chance to chat with these professionals, or shoot them an email!

Luke Zeller: Distinxion

Current Position within Distinxion:“I’m currently the president of Distinxion.”

College Graduation Date: “Notre Dame—Business management , 2009”

How did you get into this field?

“I started the company when I was a junior at Notre Dame. I was playing basketball for Notre Dame at the time, and I thought it would be great to start an organization that combined sports and character. Distinxion is a basketball camp that focuses on skill building in basketball and character, and for families to have fun together.”

What’s your favorite part of your current job?

“The people are my favorite part. The participants of the camp are great, and so are the employees. We have a great alumni association. I really enjoy helping individuals grow and move on into their professional career. Distinxion is a family, and you’re always a part of the family.”

What the most challenging part of your current job?

“The toughest part of the camp setting is that it’s more of a summer thing. So, there is four months of the year that are super busy, and then the rest of the year is more about trying to figure out how to utilize the other months to grow as an organization and continue to move forward.”

What skills and characteristics are most important for success in this field?

“The internships are very project based. You need to have intuition and confidence to finish a project.”

What does a typical work day look like for you?

“I’m also a Business Development Coordinator for Premier Health Care. So, I work with Distinxion at various times throughout the day/week. But if anyone is interested in internships, the intern hours are 9am-4:30pm Monday through Wednesday. Our camps are run Thursday and Friday nights, and Saturday’s during the day.”

What do you wish you knew when you were a college student that you know now?

I wish I could have had more experiences in college that showed me first-hand how important being transparent and genuine is. Being very transparent and genuine is very important to us at Distinxion because it helps the people around the organization learn with us.”

Any other advice you would give to a student wanting to break into this industry?

“You can go through all the technical parts of business and networking, but at the end of the day, that is just your foundation. The core to business is using the golden rule to treat people the way you want to be treated. Building relationships at work is essential. Distinxion always says ‘leave it better than when you got it…no matter how camp was last weekend, let’s make it better next weekend’. Work to make yourself better than you were yesterday.”

We all love Bloomington! And we’re sure you do too, so what’s your favorite thing about Bloomington?

“Bloomington is a great community with small town values and great people. Some of my favorite restaurants are Mother Bears and Uptown.”

Can students reach out to you if they have any questions?

“Yes, you can contact me at lukezeller@distinxion.org

Matt Andrews: Iron Pit Gym

Current Position within Iron Pit: “Co-owner”

College Graduation Date: “Indiana University—Sports marketing and management, 2006”

How did you get into this field?

“I’ve been active in athletics for as long as I can remember. I was forced to exercise because of sports, but after sports ended, I realized how much I missed exercise. I managed a fitness facility in Bloomington named Exercise Inc. for ten years. During my last two years at Exercise Inc., I met Doug Ballard. Doug and I exercised together and became good friends. We both wanted to open our own fitness facility, so we developed a business together. The property of Exercise Inc. was selling, so we reached out to banks for loans. Six banks told us no because only one in ten fitness facilities makes it within their first two years. But, we didn’t give up, and we finally got our loan, and have been running Iron Pit ever since.”

What’s your favorite part of your current job?

“Getting to know members is my favorite part. I love getting to know them on a first name basis, it creates a family atmosphere. It’s nice to see people leave with a smile on their face after a good work out. I like inspiring people to become healthier.”

What the most challenging part of your current job or the industry in general?

“In the fitness industry, it’s hard to watch other facilities under price their memberships. At Iron Pit, we keep the prices as low as possible and then put all of the money we can back into the equipment and the facility.”

What skills and characteristics are most important for success in this field/position?

“Budgeting, learning how to say no, and customer service. People will always call and try to sell you ‘the best’ nutritional supplement or the best equipment, but you need to learn how to say no sometimes. And customer services is very important, you need to make sure that you acknowledge your customers and you appreciate them, because they are the reason we’re here.”

What does a typical work day look like for you?

“Most office and administrative work I can get done from home. So I usually spend the mornings at home doing office work, then I come into Iron Pit around midafternoon to do personal training appointments, work the service counter greeting customers, and giving tours and advice to customers. In the evenings, I work out.”

What do you wish you knew when you were a college student that you know now?

“Textbooks talk a lot about marketing strategies, but what it really boils down to is keeping customers happy. Because, customers tell their friends and they tell their friends, and word of mouth is the best advertisement; plus, it’s free. New businesses need to be careful to not run out of money before they really get into action.”

Any other advice you would give to a student wanting to break into this industry?

“I wouldn’t want to own a business without a business partner; it helps to have each other for support. Some people have the mindset that they want to make the money and do it on their own, but working with someone who is passionate and has the same goals helps you highlight each other’s strengths.”

We all love Bloomington! And we’re sure you do too, so what’s your favorite thing about Bloomington?

“My favorite memory of IU was spending a lot of time in ‘the dungeon’ at the HYPER (now School of Public Health WIC Strength Gym). I had a mentor from age 14 on up that took me under his wing and taught me a lot about exercising.”

Can students reach out to you if they have any questions?

“Yes, you can contact me at info@ironpit.com

Joy Wissel: Trilogy

Current Position within Trilogy:

“My current position is Employee Services Support. Technically, I am a corporate recruiter for Trilogy Health Services.

Trilogy Health Services was founded in December 1997, and it’s a customer service focused provider of senior living and long-term healthcare services including independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative services. These services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Our goal is simple: to be the Best Healthcare Company in the Midwest”

College Graduation Date:

“Ball State University—Graduated in May 1995 with Double Majors:  Management in Human Resources and Management in Information Systems”

How did you get into this field?

“After graduation, I worked in Human Resources for a couple (2) years in the Manufacturing Industry.  Then I moved into the Healthcare Industry where I spent a total of eight (8) years working in Human Resources between 2  major Indianapolis Hospital Systems. I then became a Corporate Recruiter in the Rehab Therapy field for over eight (8) years. I started at Trilogy about seven (7) months ago and I love it!”

What’s your favorite part of your current job?

“I love talking to people and learning about their background and experience to try to help them find the best fit with their career. Knowing that you’ve helped someone with this important life change is very rewarding.”

What the most challenging part of your current job?

“The challenge is that there are some qualities that people exhibit that cannot be trained. Having a servant’s heart and compassion are a huge part of Trilogy’s culture, and to a certain degree, these qualities need to be intrinsically instilled in the employees. So, when I’m recruiting employees for Trilogy, I might find a great worker, but that worker needs to have a servant’s heart and compassion already instilled in them for them to be a good fit with Trilogy.”

What skills and characteristics are most important for success in this field/position?

“Having a servant’s heart, compassion, loyalty, and integrity; Leading by example; Authentic desire to help others; Passionate about the elderly; Being a lifelong learner.”

What does a typical work day/work week look like for you?

“ I mainly focus on recruiting Administrators and Director of Nursing (DON) positions for our 82 Healthcare Campuses located between 4 Midwest states; Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. I review resumes and conduct phone screens (1st interview) with potential candidates.  I send the qualified candidates to our Campus Hiring team and they decide if they would like to have an onsite interview with the candidate. During the whole recruiting and hiring process, I’m involved at different levels based on what the Hiring team needs such as coordinating interviews, references checks, offer letters, new hire paperwork, etc. I also create various recruiting strategies to lure qualified candidates to consider applying for our open Campus Leader positions. The available candidate pool and market for our open positions will determine what types of recruiting strategies I utilize in order to attract talent; such as what type of social media, career websites, job boards, and/or direct mail, etc. In addition, I’m involved with a variety of special projects such as attending Career Fairs and sharing all of the many career paths and amazing opportunities that are available at Trilogy especially for recent and upcoming college graduates.”

What do you wish you knew when you were a college student that you know now?

“I wish I would have known what all I could do with the double major degree that I was graduating with. I encourage you to come talk to me at the Career Fair about all of the great opportunities available at Trilogy.”

Any other advice you would give to a student wanting to break into this industry?

“As the economy ebbs and flows, healthcare will always be here and needed. So, know that you are choosing a good field. And, there are a lot of changes going on with Skilled nursing facilities/homes. In the past most hospitals had transitional care units and skilled nursing floors but now a lot hospitals no longer offer these same services and refer these patients, who need these type of services, to a Skilled nursing facility/home. Therefore due to this industry change and the increased healthcare competition, the majority of Skilled nursing facilities/homes are revamping their facilities to provide these patient care services that hospitals no longer provide. Your past negative experiences of visiting a depressing Skilled nursing facility/home has changed immensely over the years, and these companies, Trilogy included, are now offering beautiful private suites and living quarters that are at the same caliber or above a five (5) star hotel/resort and all their luxurious amenities. These days the elderly are living longer due to the medical and technological advancements so these seniors still want to enjoy their life to the fullest versus sitting in depressing environment counting their last days.  This positive change in the Long-term care industry has influenced long-term care companies to focus on providing more individualized patient/resident care and providing an environment which allows the patients/residents to have a higher quality of life to enjoy.

Please give the Long-term care industry a chance before you make your decision; especially our company, Trilogy, who is becoming known as an elite, top-notch leader in the Long-term care industry. You maybe surprised what you will discover about long-term care and yourself!”

We all love Bloomington! And we’re sure you do too, so what’s your favorite thing about Bloomington?

“The cool thing about IU and Bloomington is the vivacious environment. The charismatic energy downtown is very contagious and invigorating as well as there are a lot of fun things to do.”

Can students reach out to you if they have any questions?

“Yes, you can contact me at joy.wissel@trilogyhs.com

But please also find Trilogy Healthcare Services at the IU Career Fair and come chat with me about all that we have to offer.  I’d love to speak with you.”

 

 

ShelbyDietz_BioPicShelby is currently a second year graduate student in the School of Public Health studying Physical Activity, Fitness, & Wellness. She is working on campus at IU Recreational Sports as a Group Exercise Graduate Assistant. Fitness is her biggest passion in life, and she hopes to ignite that passion in others.

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