Monthly Archives: February 2016

League’s Starting Line Up, OneCoast Sales Team: Dan Schomer

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Did you know that this year marks League Collegiate Outfitters 25th year of business? Owners Drew Wolf and Larry Klebanoff grew League with good old fashioned hard work and determination. Inspired by the best of the all-American Lifestyle, League continues to be the collegiate sportswear company that you know and love today due to their resolve.

To help us celebrate our anniversary, we’ll be sharing stories from the people that have been with League the longest. We’re starting off with Daniel Schomer, our very first rep and a member of the OneCoast Collegiate Sales Team.

How long have you worked with OneCoast?

27 years this April!

When did you start representing League?

In 1992 when they started.  Larry and Drew started with head bands and then belts and then Blackwatch Flannel baby booties, I believe.

What’s your favorite piece of League merchandise?  

Victory Falls Tee. It is my favorite by far!

What do customers say is their favorite thing about League?  

The look and feel of the garments and the clean unique graphics.

Where did you go to college?  

Temple University,  Class of 1988.

What was the last book you read?

How to Fish The Chesapeake Bay.

Favorite recent movie?  

Star Wars!!!  The best movie I have seen in years.  I saw it twice with my kids, Weston an Cole.

What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?  

Hanging out with my kids, fishing, Boating, jet skiing, or snow skiing.

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What’s one surprising thing about you that people might not know?  

I received a kiss from Carley Simon in Philadelphia while working and helping record her singing at Sam Goodies on Chestnut Street.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?  

To maximize my time with my children while excelling at work at the same time.

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7 Ways To Make the Most Out of Your College Internship

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You’ve already lined up your summer internship, and it’s time to begin preparing to make the most out of it. Did you know that 70% of employers said they bring on interns to hire them after the internship ends, according to the 2015 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers? It’s important to remember to treat your summer internship as a real job, and work hard to make the most of it.

So what can you do to make your internship work for you?

Be Positive

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Having a positive attitude as an intern is critical. Yes, you will have to do simple tasks that you may not enjoy very much, but that’s true for every job — even at the executive level. Undertake these tasks with a cheerful attitude and do them well, and you’ll be presented with more challenging jobs. Remember to volunteer early and often to help as well.

Take Notes and Journal

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Carry a notebook dedicated to your internship, and use it to take notes in meetings and also journal your experiences. And yes, make it a pen-and-paper journal instead of using an app on your phone; you don’t want your employers to think you’re checking Instagram when you’re actually taking notes. At the end of each day, write down what you learned that day, and how you think it will help you in your career

Act Professionally

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Yes, you’re young and have many great opportunities for fun, but that doesn’t mean you can behave like a college student while working an internship. Staying out partying until 4am when you have to be at work at 8am will be obvious to your bosses, and might hurt you in the end. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the nights before you work; you’ll do a better job and gain your boss’s respect.

Learn How To Accept Criticism

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One of the hardest lessons to learn is accepting criticism — deserved or not — with grace. Spend some time before you start your internship learning about how to process criticism. Learn how to glean the lessons you need to learn from criticism without taking it personally. This will make you infinitely more hirable in the future, and will also help you professionally for the rest of your life.

Collect New Skills

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You’ll be learning many new things during your internship, even while doing the most mundane of tasks. You’ll learn about work flow, pacing yourself, office dynamics, and how to prioritize tasks as well as hard skills such as software systems. Make notes of these skills and consider how they’ll help you in future jobs. In addition, if you spot a task that you believe will help add to your skill set, volunteer to help early and often.

Look Out For A Mentor

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Mentors can play a critical role in your future success, and a great place to seek out mentors is at your internship. Remember that mentors come in all shapes and sizes, and even if someone isn’t working in exactly the role you see for yourself in the future they might have much to offer. Asking someone to officially be your mentor can feel like asking someone to prom, but most people will happily consider helping out.

Stay In Touch

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Once your internship ends, it’s critical to stay in touch! Connect with everyone you worked with on LinkedIn. Be sure to take the time to send thank you letters — yes, letters, not just an email — to everyone you worked with as well. Once you leave, reach out by email once or twice a year just to stay in touch and let them know how you’re doing. You never know how a connection made today will impact you both in the future!

Universidad League Central America: LCA Launches In House College Program

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Five years ago League Central America began offering classes for students who hadn’t completed their education. At first we offered one-on-one tutoring for 1st through 6th grade, then we expanded through secondary school. Since that time, we’ve had three graduation ceremonies honoring students who have completed the program.

League is proud to announce a partnership with Universidad Don Bosco — one of El Salvador’s premier universities. We now offer three two-year college degree programs, on site, in Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. 90 League employees are enrolled in the degree programs. Classrooms have been added to the third floor mezzanine for the League college students.

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Rodrigo Bolanos welcoming the first class of students to the college program.

Education Programs at League Central America

Why did League Central America embark on such an ambitious program? Rodrigo Bolanos, General Manager, talks about a meeting he had with the director of the local primary school. “He was very worried,” Rodrigo said. “Because 20% of his students had dropped out.” Rodrigo was moved, and worked with the school to create a program for the graduating class that included jobs and education. “Since that time there have been almost no drop outs,” Rodrigo stated.

The cost of the college program is $100 per month per student. After doing some research, it was clear that would be too big a financial burden for LCA team members. “We found most employees could afford $50 a month,” states Rodrigo. “Thankfully, with contributions from League Bridgeport, the OneCoast sales team, and the employees that aren’t in the college program, we’ve been able to cover the costs.”

Biomechanical Engineering Students
Biomechanical Engineering Students

In the Business of Human Development

When it comes to the college program, Rodrigo was enthusiastic. “We’re very excited,” he said. “It’s interesting because we see ourselves as a company in the business of human development. The employees are really excited because they will be learning enough to succeed in life.”

Rodrigo and League are committed to bring real change to the people of El Salvador. “What you see,” states Rodrigo. “Is truly the League brand impacting the community more than any other company.”

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Electrical Engineering Students