On Thursday October 27th, at three in the afternoon, Business Scholars sections eight and six met at Salt Lake City International Airport. Arriving at exactly 3 o’clock, we gathered near the Eiffel Tower painting, awaiting the two-hour flight to Seattle, Washington. My anticipation for the trip had been building up since the first day of Business Scholars, when our ambassador hinted at our future travel plans to the Emerald City. Never having visited the city before, I wondered what the feel of the city was, how the businesses we were visiting incorporate themselves into the city, and if is as rainy as everyone makes it out to be.
Early Friday morning, we gathered in the lobby and set off on our first company visit to The Boeing Company. Reaching the company’s buildings, the extensive size of their manufacturing facility astonished us all a great deal. Within a tour of the manufacturing facility, the tour guides simplified explanation, taught us the different steps in manufacturing airplanes and the efficiency standards that the assembly line must capture. The processes and functions of the company overwhelmed me with the limitless planning, education, and management that must go into the company. After the tour we were given the opportunity to ask questions to a panel consisting of Boeing executives and directors, from all different business operations. The wide variety of panelists deepened my understanding of company’s functions, as well as the basic responsibilities that each of the directors hold. Through the panel, I interpreted that success in business and in one’s own job is accomplished through determination and self-improvement. My experience at The Boeing Company motivated me to continue my studies towards a subject I am passionate about, so I may pursue a career that both interests me and encourages me to better my performance.
For our final company visit, we spent Friday afternoon visiting Amazon. Located in the heart of Seattle, the company holds a prime spot for a thriving, well known company. Arriving at the company’s headquarters, we were given the opportunity to speak to a panel of Amazon representatives. We learned about the different aspects that go into an electronic commerce company. We discovered that a lot of innovation and structure supports the common home screen, that we so often scroll through. I believe the most important thing I took from Amazon was that failing is okay. Many products have failed to bring profit to the company, but the failing of the products has only aided in the employee’s education of the market.
The experience and knowledge gained from the Business Scholar’s Seattle trip inspired me to further my education and develop my career around my passions. The company visits gave me an insight into companies, which would not have been available without the program. I learned that with the endless opportunities in business, I must keep myself open to all opportunities, while simultaneously pushing myself towards further advancement and performance. I discovered that failing is acceptable, as long as you are determined to take that failure and create future opportunity.