Lauren Corwin '07, MBA '10 Logistics Planner, General Mills
Since my graduation from Canisius, I have been employed by General Mills in their Buffalo, NY plant. My first position held was in the HR department as an HR Assistant for 3 years (September 2007 - September 2010). In this role I managed and administered the Family Medical Leave Act for the employees of the Buffalo site, organized and scheduled interviews for various plant positions, assisted with New Hire Orientation and aided with General Mills recruitment through developing and fostering a relationship with Hispanics United of Buffalo.
My current position is in the Logistics department as a Logistics Planner. I was promoted to this position upon completion of my Master's Degree in Supply Chain Operation in 2010. I am responsible for utilizing the SAP demand planning database to order and maintain inventories for all packaging material for the Buffalo plant. I also manage outbound bulk product shipments from converting the customer requisitions to orders to working with the carrier to ensure on-time delivery of products.
Before being hired at General Mills, working through my advisor at Canisius I worked as an HR Intern at New Era Cap Co. starting in March of 2007. Some of my responsibilities included updating all job descriptions for corporate employees at New Era, and assisting recruiters by: posting jobs, contacting applicants to schedule interviews, searching for resumes by using online applications such as Linked In and career builder, checking references.
My Canisius experience has been instrumental in my personal and professional advancement. The Canisius professors were and continue to be constant mentors throughout my educational experience and my professional life. The college internship opportunities that were provided for me assisted me in determining the areas of business that I choose to focus my career on. In the internships and classroom experiences I learned to work with diverse team members, use proper business communications and establish meaningful networks while continuing to grow in my faith.
I know as a student I always dreaded group projects but the experience taught me how to complete work in a timely manner despite the challenges of having members with different priorities and schedules. Canisius taught me how to navigate these tricky situations through being flexible with my own time, using various forms of communication to accommodate all members and observing what roles are needed based on the group dynamic and fitting myself into that. These skills have proven very successful when I am faced with a work project where I need a fellow co-worker’s expertise and my project may not be a priority for him/her.
Another lesson I learned through my education at Canisius was how to write using business etiquette. In my current role, e-mail is my primary mode of communication with customers, trucking companies and fellow coworkers at different plant locations. It is essential that I compose an e-mail conveying what I need as succinctly as possible and in the correct tone. As I have learned in the workplace, long winded e-mails get ignored which in my role could cause a packaging line to shut down.
Canisius has gotten me where I am today by teaching me how to network. I encourage all students to take advantage of internship opportunities and campus activities as you never know when you will run into a former classmate in the workplace. Not only was learning to network pivotal in helping me find a job, it also has helped me in my current role. General Mills is a large company with most of its employees being based out of Minneapolis, MN. I work with individuals on a daily basis whom I have never met in person. Learning how to virtually network is crucial to have success in my role as sometimes I need to ask another plant location for a favor or need the transportation team in Minneapolis to help me find a trucking company who will expedite my packaging order. These requests are much easier to make when I have taken the time to get to know the person I am calling.
Lastly Canisius being a Jesuit institution allowed me to grow in my faith. The religious studies and philosophy requirements in the core curriculum encouraged me to explore and learn more about my religion and God. I was able to continue to build on the foundation of my upbringing allowing me to stay grounded in my faith. God has helped me to overcome many obstacles in my adult life by keeping me focused on what is truly important and not sweating the small stuff. Since my graduation from Canisius, I have been employed by General Mills in their Buffalo, NY plant. My first position held was in the HR department as an HR Assistant for 3 years (September 2007 - September 2010). In this role I managed and administered the Family Medical Leave Act for the employees of the Buffalo site, organized and scheduled interviews for various plant positions, assisted with New Hire Orientation and aided with General Mills recruitment through developing and fostering a relationship with Hispanics United of Buffalo.