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Lessons from a Summer with the Rockies

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ian Rodgers ‘14, a biology major, wrote this reflection about working for Aramark which manages food, beverage and retail services at Denver’s Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies baseball team. In addition to working full time this summer, he’s also coaching a swim team.

I have been working for Aramark at Coors Field for three years, and I was promoted at the beginning of the 2013 season. I am currently a supervisor for Aramark Premium Services in the lower press box, where I oversee the dining areas for all of the Rockies’ executives and staff along with the media. It has been very exciting to be able to work at a baseball stadium. I grew up with the game, and my family had season tickets for many years when I was young.

Although I work “back of the house,” my job has been incredibly rewarding, as I have still been able to develop professional relationships with many of the team executives, including the general manager and executive vice president, among others. I have been aided in this development through my time serving the University of San Diego Alcala Club, working closely with university officials and VIPs.

I know these relationships and the experience I have with guest relations will serve me well in the future, even though my career plans don’t necessarily align with the guest service or sports industries. I have realized the importance of people skills, of being personable with everyone I encounter, is invaluable, no matter the profession or situation I find myself in.

As a pre-medical student, my career as a doctor will undoubtedly revolve around my patients. I know the skills I am learning along with the enthusiasm I carry for the job I currently have, will be what earns me my patients’ trust, along with the success I hope to attain in my field.

— Ian Rodgers ‘14

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