Alumnus Profile: Scott Miller
WHAT YOU DO • • • As a finance associate I work with organizational leaders and agri-business to financially manage company projects along with completing daily accounting procedures. We budget and execute financial plans for projects which will increase the profitability and awareness of Minnesota soybean producers throughout the state and across the entire world.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • I am drawn to this field because it provides excellent opportunities to not only work on the financial end of a business, but to develop relationships with members of the organization and community. It combines the concreteness and tangible answers that numbers provide, with the uneven yet exciting times of building friendships through work. The many aspects of an organization from a financial standpoint can be complex and very rewarding at the same time.
HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • The curriculum at Bethany was extremely applicable to my current job. There will always be things you learn on the job that you can’t learn in the classroom, but the foundation that the classes provided helped me to obtain my current job. The teachers are also a large part of helping prepare you for life after college. Any of them are willing to help you find a job and be a resource throughout the entire process. In fact, the reason I heard about the job I have now was through a Bethany professor. I had been searching for a new job about a year after I graduated and if it weren’t for him, I doubt I would have even known about the opening.
WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • The best memories that continue today are the relationships I have formed with other students and the church. Many of the people that are closest to me today I met at Bethany, including my wife! Also, my faith was reaffirmed and strengthened through Christ-based classes and community.
ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • Get uncomfortable, be involved, be yourself. Putting yourself in situations that are unfamiliar will help prepare you for similar situations you will encounter in your professional and personal life. Employers like candidates who show leadership qualities, experience in all types of activities, and willingness to be fully involved in all aspects of an organization. Finally, be yourself. You will meet individuals at Bethany and all through life who share similar views and others who test your views, but you will always fit in somewhere.