“My story is a direct result of attending a career services event,” admits Clayton State University alumnus Kurt Dewdney.
Jamaican native Dewdney graduated from Clayton State University in December 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Marketing after completing his associate degree at Georgia Perimeter.
Taking an 11-year break after receiving his associate degree Dewdney, “thought readjusting to school would be extremely difficult. On the contrary, the content of Clayton State classes were relevant, challenging, and interesting.”
Dewdney was consistently on the Dean’s List during his time at Clayton State, and was awarded a certificate and plaque for outstanding academic achievement. Clayton State Supply Chain Management professors nominated him for the Atlanta Cargo Association’s Supply Chain Scholarship, which he also earned.
Dewdney, encouraged by the Clayton State Director of Career Services Bridgette McDonald, to participate in an internship, attended a career fair at the Cobb Galleria last spring, which was marketed by Career Services. At the fair he networked with the HR manager for a Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Taking initiative, Dewdney then contacted the manger and was subsequently offered an internship in the District of Columbia shortly thereafter.
“At the end of the internship, I was offered to remain with Wal-Mart as an area manager in the Quality Assurance Department, where I completed several different efficiency improvement projects that the DC office had going on,” states Dewdney.
After consistent work with several Wal-Mart departments, Dewdney applied for the Quality Assurance Operations Manager position and was hired.
“This is considered a record in this building and throughout the company, for someone to come in as an intern, become an Area Manager, and now serve as an Operations Manager in less than a year,” explains Dewdney.