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Alumni Spotlight – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 May 2021
Category: Blog
Author: Evan Pundyk
Grace Frankel – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2020

Our employees come from a variety of backgrounds and universities across the country. We sat down with Grace Frankel, Business Development Representative, to learn more about how her experience at University of Illinois led her to Arrive, what she loves about her role and advice she has for incoming sales reps. 

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my degree in political science and economics, and graduated in the spring of 2020.

How did you first hear about Arrive?

I first heard about Arrive through the career portal that my school offered. I was in contact with a recruiter from Arrive’s Chicago office who told me more about Arrive and led me through the entire interview process until I received my offer. I officially started in October 2020, just a few months after I graduated. 

How did you become interested in going into supply chain and sales?

The more I learned about political science during school, the more I realized it wasn’t the field I wanted to pursue. Because everyone needs products and we need trucks to get them where they need to go, I felt that supply chain was a necessary industry that would never go away. The relevance of the industry is what really led me to want to pursue a career in logistics.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

There are so many things I love about Arrive – the people I work with, the energy seen across the organization and what the company stands for as a whole. I also love how this role is all about working hard and getting out of it what you put into it.  

What keeps you at Arrive?

The support of managers and my team is what keeps me here. I also love how at Arrive you have the potential to make as much money as you want depending on how much effort you’re willing to put in and build new relationships with customers. 

Have any advice for soon-to-be college grads?

Choose a career that will make you excited to go to work every day. Your job is a huge part of your life, so it’s important that you truly enjoy it. If you don’t, it won’t be a good experience for you or your company. 

If you could go back in time and tell your college self one thing, what would it be?

I would tell myself to take more classes outside of my major. Unless you want to seek out more education on your own later on, college is your last opportunity to formally learn about any topics that interest you. I’d definitely recommend taking courses in a variety of areas to figure out what you are and aren’t interested in. 

For someone about to start a career in logistics, what would you tell them? 

I would encourage anyone about to start a career in logistics to ask as many questions as you can. Especially when you first start, everyone is so willing to give you a lot of time and help you learn as much as possible. Reach out to as many people as you possibly can to absorb as much information as possible.

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