CBA Spotlight: Lonny Butcher
“Who Dat” new director of the Office for Career Connections?
Why it’s Louisiana native Lonny Butcher!
The Office for Career Connections matches graduate business students to educational work experiences with local employers. This allows students to learn critical technical and behavioral skills, develop tangible examples of their business acumen and build a professional network that can lead to full-time employment after graduation.
“We also offer coaching and advice to graduate students who are unsure about their career, and we partner with UCF Career Services to provide career counseling and workshops, manage employer visits, expos and on-site interviewing and develop career plans that lead to great post-graduate jobs,” he said.
Butcher has already set some goals for his new position. First off, he would like to improve the educational quality of projects so that students are doing things that translate into real, professional skills and employers are reaping the benefits of being connected to a graduate business student.
“We’re going to ask a lot of our graduate students and in return they will get an educational opportunity that will elevate their value relative to other Florida MBA grads,” he said.
Also, he wants to connect with the top employers in the state and promote the quality of our graduate business students. We’ve identified companies based on the wants and needs of our students, but we also want to encourage ANY company that is looking for talented employees to get involved.
He is specifically looking for some help from CBA graduates.
“I know we can do some awesome things because we have alumni who want to give their fellow Knights a chance the way someone gave them a chance!” he said.
“This job lets me help students make the transition from student to employee. How cool is that?”
In his spare time, Butcher loves to ride motorcycles.
“Right now I have two street bikes and a dirt bike. If I win the lottery I am going to blow it all on bikes. I love any bike. Just needs two wheels and gas! And, yes, I do wear a helmet!”