Junior transfer thrives in co-op job
Sarah Lotz had already logged some great experience at Erin Hills Golf Course before transferring to Lakeland. LU's cooperative education program helped her take her role to a new level.
The senior hospitality management major started worked at Erin Hills in 2017. She came to LU from the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, and she served as assistant food and beverage manager during her co-op experience.
Lotz supervised morning operations at the outdoor venues and filled in serving roles as needed at the venue's five food/beverage locations. Focuses for her work included being personable and professional, teamwork and communication, all skills that are critical for her career path.
She also learned to be prepared for the unexpected, be willing to step up and perform any task and, as a supervisor, to understand the relationships needed between staff and managers.
As for a specific career path, Lotz is exploring both a corporate setting and county club setting as an event planning and coordinator. "I got a taste of that over the summer and really liked it," she said.
Next up for Lotz will be working at The Blind Horse in a food/beverage role to continue building her skill set.