By Lisa M. Ampil, SHRM-CP, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise HoldingsI
I didn’t go to school to rent cars.
This is how many conversations with Enterprise employees, from our CEO to our newest Management Trainee, begin. There are no degrees (we know of) in car rental studies, yet there are over 100,000 people that are making it their career today at Enterprise Holdings – from those on the front lines at the rental counter, to company leadership and support roles in a variety of disciplines!
For those who may not be aware, Enterprise Holdings is a global leader in ground transportation solutions with 2 million vehicles and 10,000 branch locations. We are a $24 billion dollar privately-held, family-owned company operating in over 90 countries. And it was all started by a World War II veteran fighter pilot, Jack Taylor.
Although World War II interrupted Jack’s college studies, he knew the importance of having a degree. He also committed to a philosophy of only promoting from within. In his mind,, promotions should stem from performance and not seniority. To this day, all of our top executives, including our CEO, started out helping customers, washing cars, and learning the business from the ground up. The focus isn’t necessarily what your degree is in…but rather what you did while you were in school and what you want to do in the future. Leadership, communication skills, competitiveness, and other competencies help drive success in our career path. Did you work while you were in school or hold leadership roles? Did you participate in extracurricular activities or athletics? Did you serve in the military? All of these experiences shape who you are and help employers understand how you will fit in their organization.
There are many fantastic companies out there, but as a job seeker, be careful not to fall into the trap of just looking at the name on the building and neglecting to learn more about the actual job duties and career opportunities. Do they promote from within or post all positions internally and externally? Do you have some say in your location or need to go where you are told? In addition, by just looking at the name of the company, you may be missing out on hundreds of fantastic companies out there that have unbelievable jobs, career paths, and opportunities for success.
Looking for a career is one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life, just like your decision to become a Sun Devil and pursue a degree. Just as you made sure the school you chose was going to provide you with the best all-around experience from an education, interaction, environment and extracurricular standpoint--your career should provide the same. After all, if you choose wisely, you will be spending more time there than you did at Arizona State! From my perspective, I didn’t major in renting cars but I did want to find a company that was a leader in its industry, put its customers and employees first, provided unlimited opportunities for career progression, and had values that I believed in. It may not have been the most obvious choice, but it ended up being the best decision I could have made. Good luck on your job search and make sure to look for the best opportunities for you, not just the most visible name out there. And check us out if you want to learn more: careers.enterprise.com.