As we’ve mentioned before, the Seattle and Portland Treks are fueled by the Gonzaga Community from all over the workplace. Fellow zags Erica Overfield and Julia Donovan from SAP Concur are looking forward to the Seattle Trek to meet our career-searching Zags! Julia and Erica are not the only two Zags from SAP coming to the trek – they will be accompanied by 8 other Zags who work at SAP Concur! To read their trek and career advice, see below!
Q&A with Erica and Julia:
What are your job titles at SAP Concur?
Julia: I am the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist on the People Connection Team at SAP Concur – it’s a mouthful!
Erica: I am a Senior HR Business Partner
Who from your company is coming to the Trek?
We have 10 Zags total coming to the Trek day from SAP Concur. They are Stephanie Forsyth (’18), David deRecat (’11), Emily Nichols (’16), Colleen Fogerty (’14), Erica Overfield (’09), Julia Donovan (’18), Kennedy McGahan (’17), Megan Lombard (’10), Phil Gray (’14), and Evan Anderson (’11).
What should students know about SAP as they prepare to meet employers?
SAP is a tech company that drives innovation to help companies run at their best through a variety of software applications. SAP Concur is an entity of SAP focused on travel and expense software. Our original tagline was “The expense report that writes itself.”
Can you give a brief behind-the-scenes pitch for your company? Why should students be excited to speak with SAP at the Trek?
The best run businesses make the world run better, which is why SAP is rooted in helping customers and future clients succeed through our products. At SAP, there’s something here for everyone including a huge focus on giving back to our local communities, which we know is important to Gonzaga students. One of Julia’s favorite products is TripIt – an app that makes traveling simple and less stressful by giving you real time information and updates. Erica loves Concur locate – a software that helps keep Concur employees safe, whether in the office or while they are traveling.
What career and internship opportunities does SAP have for college students? What positions are you seeking to fill?
Every summer SAP hosts interns through the Internship Experience Program (iXp). There are tech and non-tech positions, and we do most of our hiring from January to March. Check out any postings here!
Why is SAP a good place to consider starting a career?
SAP is a great place to start a career because there is a huge focus on career development for early talent. There are numerous resources available to employees from finding a mentor, to online learning sessions, and free professional coaching. Since SAP is a large global tech company, your networking opportunities are endless, and you can grow your career in many directions.
What advice do you have for students going on the Treks?
Julia: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and stretch yourself to learn something new about a company or industry that might be outside of your scope of what you are studying at GU. Also, Zags help Zags! Lean on the network that you build here at the trek –Zag alums love to connect and can help you in your future career journeys.”
Erica: “Bring your authentic self, because you don’t want to work somewhere that doesn’t align with your personal values. Take in every moment of the trek, even if that means putting away your phone and being present. You’ll get out what you put in.
Please add anything else that you have in mind that would be valuable to hear for GU students 🙂
#GOZAGS and good luck with finals coming up!