Meet Sydney, QBP’s Purchasing Intern

Sydney takes a leap into the cycling industry to better understand the power of bikes and importance of networking, even if it’s a little scary.

Department: Purchasing

School: Marquette University, Junior

Major: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

Hobbies: Yoga, volunteering, and playing with her dog, Chester

Current Ride: $20 Costco bike

While we house a variety of bike lovers, QBP welcomes anyone who’s driven and well-rounded to join our team. But when someone is constantly surrounded by bike parts and plans to ride, working in the cycling industry as a noncyclist can sometimes feel overwhelming and even intimidating. Sydney doesn’t classify herself as a typical cyclist and usually prefers yoga, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying learning more about cycling, diversity, and trying new things.

“Everyone is warm and welcoming even though I’m not a cyclist. It’s pushing me out of my comfort zone but in a good way.”

She usually starts her day by checking for any updates on her latest project­, creating the latest vendor reference guide, a project that’s helped solidify her interest in Supply Chain Management as a career. “It’s a collaborative project that I’m spearheading, so I have to make sure I’m sending the proper information to the rest of my department.”

“Being able to see my projects reflect real work is a great feeling.”

Working alongside others in the Purchasing Department has also given Sydney an opportunity to connect with like-minded mentors and prioritize networking. She’s already utilized the company coffee list and met with a variety of people in different departments including Kim Brown, Vice President of Global Supply Chain. Sydney notes how important it is to include networking as part of the job. “My advice for future interns is to take the time to network with people even if they aren’t in your field. Put yourself out there and ask people on your team to attend the meetings they’re attending–it’s a great way to learn the day-to-day responsibilities of someone.”

While Sydney doesn’t necessarily classify herself as a cyclist, she’s already tackled the commute from home to work and recommends all future interns to give it a shot. “I think everyone should try it at least once!”

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