On November 8, 2017, Steve Osborne’s Seminar in Management
class had the honor to learn about and from Becky Stapleton, senior
executive vice president, chief banking officer at S&T Bank, and her amazing
and very successful career.
Stapleton earned her Master in Public Affairs degree from Indiana
University in Bloomington after she received her bachelor’s degree at IUP in Government
and Public Services. After an early career path working in other jobs, she
joined S&T Bank over 29 years ago and was able to move up through the executive
vice president director of Human Resources position to the
senior executive vice president and chief banking officer position.
It was an honor to meet Becky Stapleton personally during her visit to our
class. She introduced herself to every single student individually, later
recalling most of us! In addition to talking about her professional career, she
also gave as valuable advice for our job search and interviews. As a mother of
three daughters and with her HR background, she has the experience to assist
young people that are close to graduation on how to approach the job search. She
talked about how important it is to develop a network. She strongly suggested
having a LinkedIn account in addition to actually calling people and asking
them to talk to you over coffee about their career and yours.
Another aspect we discussed with her was social media presence and what
possible future employers find by simply “Googling” your name. She came prepared!
Before her presentation in our class, she Googled every single one of us and
had some information that she was able to find right away. She strongly counseled
us to be aware of our online presence because it is so easy to find
information. Many employers will Google you to see what kind of person you are. In addition, she stressed doing things
that are positive that would show up in your name search.
On the other hand, we also have to do research on the company we
interview for to be prepared. Lastly, Becky encouraged us to follow our dreams
and pursue our dream jobs in our dream company.
As an endnote, I want to thank Ms. Stapleton, on behalf of my classmates,
that she took the time to talk to us and gave us all those very valuable tips.
She is an amazing woman with an amazing career that we can look up to and learn
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