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Southwestern Advantage

Marketing Intern

May - August 2021 • Manchester, CT

What I liked

It was a great opportunity to network and travel and work on both professional skills and personal growth!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Education Consultant

May - August 2021 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

The great thing is to connect with different people and have fun. It is a pretty hard job, but it helps you to believe in yourself and that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

What I wish was different

I wish is to have practice door to door to be more knowledgeable about coaching and everything.

Advice

I recommend everyone to do it. It helps me financially and emotionally strong.
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Entrepreneurship

May - August 2021 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I ran my own business and learned immensely.

What I wish was different

I wish I had sold more product, that’s neither here nor there.

Advice

Commit to whatever you are doing and make it the best possible experience for yourself.
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Bookman

May 2020 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

The life lessons you learn in this program will last you a life time. You get to travel across the country, meet a lot of great people and make some money.

What I wish was different

Advice

Have a good attitude and be coachable.
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Sales Representative

May 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I loved the people and the support they gave me. I love all the connections I now have with other employers, but I’m choosing to stay with the company for awhile because of the skills and lessons I learn!

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

It’s hard
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Educational consultant

May 2018 • Ardmore, OK

What I liked

Learn about sales, and personal growth goals and mindsets

What I wish was different

I wish I had prepared more when I returned for a second summer, more planning out goals.

Advice

You learn a lot about yourself, planning and hardwork pays off.
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Bookman

May - July 2020 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Taught me how to own a business and how to manage that business.

What I wish was different

My managers!

Advice

Hard work can get you anywhere as long as you want it bad enough.
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Educational consultant

May 2020 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I love being surrounded by influential individuals who want to build as a team, learning how to perfect the craft of consultative sales, and I absolutely enjoyed traveling to over 4 states, while networking with college students in over 300 college campuses.

What I wish was different

One thing I wish I could have done different was being more committed and believing in the product I was selling.

Advice

Doing sales is something that may or may not be for you, but it has been one unforgettable learning experience. To be successful in this field you have to understand that you are in charge of your own success. The things you do can make or break a sale but, as long as you are coachable, stay on schedule, and are determined to be a winner, then there isn’t anything stopping you from making more then 10K in 3 months. Southwestern Advantage is structured to push you closer towards your goals, and become an independent business professional!
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Independent Contractor

May - August 2020 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Great leadership, lots of support, opportunity to talk to lots of people every day. Great opportunity to grow in ones communication skills. I learned a lot about myself and people.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more time and space for taking care of oneself. We worked long hours from 8 am to 9 pm 6 days a week. It took a big toll on my sleep schedule and food intake. It also would have been nice to shadow someone before being put into the role.

Advice

It is hard work and you’re a door to door salesperson of educational books. Be very sure this is something you want to do, and if it’s not, that is completely fine. The recruiters sell it hard and well so before you go through with the interview process, do some critical thinking about if this is something you really want to do. If it is, take care of yourself. Eat well, hydrate, get lots of sleep. Be as open and honest with leadership as possible and implement their feedback as best as possible.
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Organizational Leader & Independent Contractor in Sales

February 2016 • Cortland, NY

What I liked

The program allows students to accelerate within the company very quickly. It challenges students to push themselves physically and emotionally. It pushes students out of their comfort zone at all levels. It is coupled with enough support so with any challenge students can push themselves and have enough support to seek support.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you are willing to push yourself and step outside of your comfort zone, you can jump in completely. It takes unwavering commitment and it is worth it. Do it. Believe in yourself and do your best.
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Independent Business Owner and Sales Marketer

May - August 2018 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

Southwestern Advantage is full of a mix of old and young ambitious and caring adults who genuinely care for your personal goals and aspirations. Through this summer internship, you make the amount of money that you work for. If you are just as hard working, ambitious and determined as the people in this company, you have the opportunity to make over $20,000 just in one summer (12 weeks). I have never worked with a more positive group of people. The company as a whole consistently strives to teach all of their employees helpful life skills, knowledge, and experience while pushing them to be a better versions of themselves. Southwestern Advantage is an extremely positive, goal-oriented company.

What I wish was different

You are not, however, paid by the hour. You are paid for what you sell. Essentially, you have the potential to make over $20,000 if you work hard and do what they do (those who do this every summer), but if you do not sell anything, you do not get paid. You will learn priceless experience, skill, and knowledge from just one summer with this company..... but, not necessarily money.

Advice

Do something that scares you a little bit. Comfort and growth do not coexist.
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Independent Contractor- sales

April 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I liked how challenging this job was, I did something that most college students are not willing to do with their summer. I sacrificed three months of my life and relocated to PA for my 2019 summer, and it was the best experience of my life. I worked 80+ hours every week for 13 weeks during the summer and met over 3000 people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. This experience has helped me see the world from a different perspective, it has taught me to be more grateful for the things I have in my life. Doing things that are hard and uncomfortable helps you form the habit of doing things that normal people don't like to do. Successful people form the habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don't like to do. I will take and use the skills and principles I have learned with SW for the rest of my life.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have prepared better for the summer. Everyone has a student manager but their job is to help you do well in this program, not to babysit you. It is ultimately up to you to put in the effort and self motivate yourself if you want to do well.

Advice

The company has been around for over 160 years, they know what they are talking about and know how to train you. It's the ones who follow the system the closest that do the best in this business. Trust the process and there is no way you will fail.
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Student Leader / Sales Representative

March 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Doing Southwestern Advantage job/internship is like no other one. I got to gain transferable skills that will help me towards my goals after college. It's learning how to lead others by example by doing the job with integrity and hard work. It taught me sales skills and learning how to read and communicate with clients efficiently and effectively. I liked how this job pushes me always to be my best version of myself. I got to become friends with the most supportive group of friends and mentors I don't think I would of ever had without this job. I could go on and on about the personal growth and confidence you get out of this job from knocking on doors selling an educational system to families 80 hours a week on straight commission. Also awesome to have on a resume!

What I wish was different

I love everything about this job.

Advice

When you're fronted with risks in life, take them! Also love on everyone because you never know what someone is going through.
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Education salesperson

May - August 2019 • Sheboygan, WI

What I liked

The interns were relocated to different states in the US. I appreciated the shift in perspective I had. I realized how big the world is.

What I wish was different

The internship stressed the importance of independence and accountability. What I wish to be different was not the internship itself but the flaws I had come to realize in my character.

Advice

I learned that rejection is normal.
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independant contractor

May 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Opportunity to travel and grow social network, as well as, help understand success and leadership ideals

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Attitude and Effort are everything
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Independent Contractor

May - August 2019 • Johnstown, PA

What I liked

I loved the challenge. Southwestern really helped me grow in so many ways I never expected, and I am definitely better off for it. I learned so much about life, communicating, running a business, etc, and I also made life-long friendships.

What I wish was different

Hmm... the only thing I would really change was me.

Advice

Give it your all. It is so worth it.
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Independent Contractor

February - June 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I liked the fact that I was able to travel to other states and experience new communities. Something that I love doing.

What I wish was different

I wish that management was more aware of the systemic issues that present themselves to people that are not privileged because of their identities. It was disgusting in the fact that they did not seem to understand that not everyone can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

Advice

Do not do it unless you are able to put misogynistic views and supervisors aside. Do not do it if you care about not exploiting people and bringing others down in order to bring yourself up.
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Sales Intern

May 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

This is not a job for normal people. The growth and learning experience continues year-round, and you really take what you learn during the summer into the school year. The network of students that you meet is made up of the hardest working college students in the world.

What I wish was different

The company does a fantastic job of training their interns before the summer begins, but there could be even more training during the spring semester to guarantee an even stronger sales force.

Advice

Go into the job with an open mind. Though it's one of the hardest internships in the country, you always get paid for the work that you do. If you put your head down and go to work no matter what, the results and growth will come.
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Advertising Sales Agent

May - August 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I grew in more aspects of myself then I could ever imagine. Truly pushed my limits to the furthest to find myself and self motivation to continue through the tough.

What I wish was different

More disciplined to act with full integrity

Advice

Never give up! work your hardest then work a little more
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independent contractor

May - August 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I loved the opportunity to run my own business as an independent contractor. The leaderhsip, management, and sales skills skills i learned will help me throughout the rest of my life.

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

You have to be ready to commit and be coachable. Of you can do those things you can be successful
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