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Meet Sean Evernden '14, Dealer Services Representative, Cascade Designs
Meet Sean Evernden '14, Dealer Services Representative, Cascade Designs

Sean graduated from PSU with a bachelor's in business--marketing in winter 2014. He came to PSU as a transfer student and had no idea what he wanted to major in, but he had a general idea of business. After taking the first intro Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) course, Sean knew he wanted to work in the outdoor industry. Nearing the end of his time at PSU, Sean landed an internship with K2 Sports, a company that manufacturers skis, snowboards, outerwear, etc. in Seattle, WA. He spent his time there as a sales intern where he was able to gain experience working with the sales and marketing teams.


Q&A: When/how did you know you wanted to be in the A&O industry?

I’ve always been into the outdoors and action sports, but never actually thought it was a possibility to work in the industry. I took the A&O intro class for fun because I got to learn about the business side of the activities and products I love, that’s when I realized it was actually a possibility.

What is the most valuable thing you learned during the program?

I enjoyed and learned a lot from all of the guest speakers. Its hard to know what working in the industry is like if you’ve never been in it. Getting an inside look from someone in it is invaluable. Networking was highlighted a lot from all of the guest speakers and it truly is a very important aspect of the business.

How did PSU help you get your foot in the door?

Having the A&O certificate definitely helped me stand out on my resume. The program teaches you on all aspects rather than being focused on one area, which made me well rounded to employers. With everything I learned from PSU and the internship at K2, plus all the networking I did while at K2 I was able to get my foot in the door with Cascade Designs.

What is unique about the A&O industry?

Getting to work with products/brands that you’re actually passionate about, makes it a lot easier to go to “work”.

What advice would you give to a student who is pursuing a career in A&O?

Networking is VERY important to landing a job in the industry. Go to as many social events as you can and be open to meeting people, you never know who you will meet and what will come of it. Shoot for a company that you’re passionate for, it will reflect in your attitude and ultimately your work.

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