PLYMOUTH–In mid- May, more than 150 Plymouth State University seniors will be awarded business related degrees at the institution’s Commencement ceremony. Some already have job offers, though others will be looking to land a good job with their newly-minted degrees.
On March 10 they received some valuable job hunting advice from one of New Hampshire’s most successful business and educational leaders, former Governor John Lynch. PSU’s College of Business Administration (COBA) invited Lynch to visit and speak with business students about taking the first step in achieving their goals. Lynch met with various business clubs who presented their work to him, providing feedback and advice on their work.
“I am so impressed by the program and the students; it’s not only the clubs they’re involved with, or the products they’re trying to market — it’s their enthusiasm for what they do, and for me that’s what is so impressive about these students,” said Lynch.
Nick Melewski, a Business Administration major, wants to remain in New Hampshire.
“As a student who’s about to get a job, I need to know more about the job market in New Hampshire,” Melewski said. “He certainly has the business knowledge and he’s given us advice on what our next steps should be.”
Lynch emphasized that there are opportunities in New Hampshire and graduates with expertise in business skills can be successful. He was happy that so many PSU students want to stay in the Granite State.
“It’s very heartening — there are a number of high tech companies that are growing rapidly, that are really looking for sales people,” said Lynch. “There are a lot of jobs out there for salespeople, so to see the passion here among the students, should pretty much ensure they can get a good job.”
Accounting major Autumn Wharton was happy to meet the former Governor and hear his advice.
“He has experience with what’s out there for students like us. He knows where the opportunities are in New Hampshire,” said Wharton.
COBA Professor Bonnie Bechard said Lynch’s experience and expertise were very helpful.
“What I think the students can learn from the governor is that there is a lot of opportunity in New Hampshire,” Bechard said. “One of the messages he sent to students was this is a very special place, and there are great opportunities, particularly with small businesses.”
Lynch, a four-term governor, is generally acknowledged as among the most popular governors in the state’s history. During his tenure, New Hampshire was named the safest state three years in a row, the best state to raise a child, and the most livable state in the country.
As a business and educational leader, Lynch has thrived in a variety of settings, from serving as director of admissions at the Harvard Business School, to establishing a consulting firm, to transforming a struggling manufacturing business, Knoll, Inc., into a highly profitable operation. Lynch is currently a member of the USNH Board of Trustees, he previously served as chair of the BOT before becoming governor.