Guest Post – Work Hard, Grow Fast: How my athletic experience provided me with the tools to start my career at Barton Associates

Michael Blandon graduated from Assumption College in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Minor in Education. Here is his account on how playing sports at Assumption College prepared him for his new fast paced career at Barton Associates:


My senior year was so busy! Every day was a grind. I was working all day at my internship and balancing time between practices and school. My goal was to maintain excellent grades and of course win the Northeast-10 Conference, which we did!

Towards the end of the year I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my degree. I liked working with children and I had an internship at Auburn Middle School as a guidance counselor. I loved my internship, however, it did not fulfill my competitive desires for something fast paced. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.

In the spring each year, Assumption College hosts a career fair which I decided to attend. I wanted to see what types of career opportunities were out there for someone who is extremely motivated and searching for a fast paced environment where hard work provides rapid opportunities for growth.

Now, 3 months later at Barton Associates I truly believe my athletic career and great education from Assumption College has provided me with the tools to thrive here. Playing sports, like sales, is all about how you handle tough situations and keep on moving forward. In the end whether it is a crucial play on the football field or an important sales call you must keep your composure, always driving towards that victory.

I love Barton Associates because it allows me to satisfy my need for competition while providing a career platform that rewards me for the hard work I put forth.  It keeps me on the edge!  Every day is different and another opportunity to propel towards success!

Check out other athletes and how they have succeeded here at Barton Associates!

By: Michael Blandon (’16) and Casey Londregan (’14)

By Beth Teague
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