Four Maine Business School graduates recently started as management trainees at Bangor Savings Bank. In this program, they will spend the first six months rotating through all BSB departments, implementing banking projects, working on creating a professional and leadership brand and developing leadership skills. Management trainees also work with David Pease, senior vice president and director of talent, diversity and inclusion, to determine roles in the bank that best match their strengths, interests and passions. Beginning in January, these individuals begin technical training in their chosen field. Between March and June, they will be promoted to professional manager or individual contributor at Bangor Savings Bank.

We asked each of them why they chose to study business and why they chose UMaine as a springboard for their career goals:

Allison Treat

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Carmel, Maine
Majors: accounting and marketing

“I took a business course in high school and realized it was something I wanted to learn more about and pursue. Business is an essential part of our daily life. I decided to double major at Maine Business School to learn more about the business environment.

“The University of Maine has a reputable business school, and I found that Maine Business School graduates were running many businesses in the local area. UMaine is also close to home for me. It has been the school my family has attended for generations.”

Saw Dorney

UMaine Class of 2020; G’22
Hometown: Kennebunk, Maine
Direction: management; MaineMBA with a concentration in business analytics

“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to study as a student. Pressured to choose a direction, I chose food. After a few weeks, I realized that this was not my path. I had always wanted to start a business, so I quickly changed my major and joined the Maine School of Business. I knew immediately that I had made the right decision.

“I didn’t want to be too far from home. I knew other individuals who had attended UMaine and had great things to say about their experiences. Once I was accepted into the UMaine community, I knew this was where I wanted to go. It was the best decision I ever made!”

Braden Soule

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Fairfield, Maine
Branches: finance and management

“I have always enjoyed leadership and mentoring and knew that business was my calling. One of my goals was to lead and manage a team, and Maine Business School gave me the best opportunity to do that. There are so many jobs I can get with a business degree, and I love the flexibility of being able to choose a career that matches my mindset and values.

“I grew up in central Maine and I liked the idea of ​​getting away from home, but I didn’t want it to be too far. When I first visited the campus, I fell in love. I have been invested in sports my entire life and loved the idea of ​​attending a university with a Division I athletic program. When I visited the Maine School of Business, I was intrigued that the program did not have large class sizes. I knew I would have the opportunity to bond with my professors. My dad is also a UMaine alum, so the chance to attend was too good to pass up.”

Emily Colter

UMaine Class of 2022
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Branches: management and marketing
Minor: leadership

“As an undergraduate who was undecided about what exactly I wanted to do, the career flexibility of a business degree was right for me.

“I wanted to go to a school where I could get involved quickly and create a community for myself. The University of Maine was an obvious choice. During my senior year of high school, I took classes at UMaine. Through this experience, I knew the University of Maine was right for me. By the time I started college as a freshman, I had already completed a semester of coursework.”