Four Maine Business School alumni recently started as management trainees at Bangor Savings Bank. In this program, they will spend the first six months rotating through all departments of BSB, implementing banking projects, working on creating a professional brand and developing leadership skills. Management trainees also work with David Pease, Senior Vice President and Director of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion, to determine the roles within the bank that best match their strengths, interests and passions. From January, these people begin technical training in the field of their choice. Between March and June, they will be promoted as a Professional Manager or Individual Contributor at Bangor Savings Bank.

We asked each of them why they chose to study business and why they chose UMaine as a springboard for their career goals:

Allison Candy

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Carmel, Maine
Disciplines: accounting and marketing

“I took a business class in high school and realized it was something I wanted to delve into and pursue. Business is an integral part of our daily lives. I decided to do a double major at the Maine Business School to learn more about the business environment.

“The University of Maine has a well-regarded business school, and I have found that Maine Business School alumni run many businesses in the area. UMaine is also close to home for me. school that my family has attended for many generations.

Sierra Dorney

UMaine Class of 2020; G’22
Hometown: Kennebunk, Maine
Major: management; MaineMBA with a Concentration in Business Analytics

“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to study in undergrad. In a hurry to choose a major, I chose nutrition. After a few weeks, I realized that was not my path. I always wanted to start a business, so I quickly changed course and joined Maine Business School. I knew right away that I had made the right decision.

“I didn’t want to be too far from home. I knew other people who had attended UMaine and had great things to say about their experiences. Once I was accepted to be part of the UMaine community, I knew that was where I wanted to go. It was the best decision I have ever made!

Braden Soule

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Fairfield, Maine
Disciplines: finance and management

“I have always enjoyed leading and coaching and I knew business was my calling. One of my goals was to lead and manage a team, and Maine Business School gave me the best opportunity to do that. There are so many jobs I can get with a business degree, and I love the flexibility of being able to choose a career that matches my mindset and values.

“I grew up in central Maine and loved the idea of ​​going away from home, but I didn’t want it to be too far. When I first visited campus, I fell in love. I’ve been invested in sports all my life and loved the idea of ​​attending a university with a Division I athletics program. When I visited Maine Business School, I was intrigued by the fact that the program did not have large class sizes. I knew that I would have the opportunity to get in touch with my teachers. My dad is also a UMaine alum so the chance to attend was too good to pass up.

Emily Colter

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Disciplines: management and marketing
Minor: leadership

“As an undergrad undecided on what exactly I wanted to do, the career flexibility of a business degree suited me.

“I wanted to go to a school where I could get involved quickly and create a community. The University of Maine was an obvious choice. During my last year of high school, I took classes at UMaine. Thanks to this experience, I knew that the University of Maine was made for me. By the time I started college in first year, I had already completed a semester of classes.