Garrett Mintz isn’t a human resources recruiter, but he wants to help college students find their dream job at their dream company.
As an undergraduate at Indiana University, Garrett discovered a passion for helping young adults. He also noticed how many of his peers were leaving their jobs after only six months, with no clear path ahead of them. He wanted to change that. Thus, Ambition in Motion was born.
We sat down with this young entrepreneur to learn what success means to him, what it was like to start a company in college and what students can do in 30 minutes that will have a huge impact on their lives.
What’s unique about your story?
I have hit the lowest of the lows, but am now reaching for the limits. This is what drives me to be an entrepreneur as opposed to pursuing a job after graduation.
I started a company called Ambition In Motion that matches company culture with recent graduates’ work styles. This leads to a higher quality employment for both the recent grad and employers. Ambition in Motion gives students a choice in their career versus taking whatever offer is given to them, leading to higher retention for companies and fulfilling employment for recent graduates.
I believe that an applicant’s understanding of a company’s culture is vital to their success on the job. By matching the job applicant’s and company’s values, employers save money on recruitment and have better, longer lasting hires, and recent graduates don’t have to go through the heartache of working in a career that is not right for them.
What motivated you to start Ambition in Motion?
Seeing so many recent graduates that I admired for their perfect grades, internships, and leadership positions quit their jobs after 6-12 months and have no clue what they were going to do next. It was shocking and disheartening to find these students, who did everything that you are told to do in college, struggling to find a path that fit them.
I learned that internships are NOT a good indication of how employment is going to be at the company you are interning for. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer, why would they take the time and energy to train an intern for 2 months and then potentially have that intern leave and never come back at the end of the summer? I then learned that this pain is being felt by employers too and discovered that they struggle with retaining and making quality hires out of recent graduates. I started Ambition in Motion to solve this problem.
What subtle change could most students make that would have the biggest impact on their life after college?
Taking time for introspection. Once a month, take at least half an hour to write out the important actions for that month and WHY those actions are important. This reflective and meditative technique will reinforce your actions and allow you to better understand yourself.
Many students struggle with networking, how have you built such large personal and professional networks?
I have built my network using a lot of the tips from Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends And Influence People. To be honest, people who don’t get asked for advice LOVE to give advice.
My logic is to play into that desire and learn from these people. They have a lot of great things to say and if you take the time to listen, you can build awesome relationships with new people
Networking is about listening, not talking. People like to help those who listen to them, not to those who tell them what to do. [Tweet this]
How do you define success at this stage in your life?
Success is pursuing your passions even in the face of adversity and not stopping until you are satisfied. [Tweet this] Success knows no bounds except for the bounds you set for yourself.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in seeing others reach their goals. I find inspiration in seeing passion and meeting people that are passionate about what they do.
My belief is that if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, then why do it? I am inspired by people who pursue their passion (even if it doesn’t work out like they hoped) because at least they went for it.