Catchin’ Up with...Noel Temple
During my junior year at Salisbury University, I completed a sales course through the Perdue School of Business that piqued my interest in individual and team selling strategies. My career path suddenly became crystal clear. At the same time, my friend and SU alumnus Ben Etherton told me about his job at consulting firm APPI Energy in Salisbury. I found myself fascinated with the energy industry.
A true testament to the value of a Salisbury University education, I began interviewing and received two strong job offers prior to graduating in December 2015. I successfully implemented skills I had honed during mock interviews with Career Services at SU, which truly prepared me for the real deal.
A Salisbury native, I selected Salisbury University because of its quality education and its proximity to my family and friends. As an undergraduate, I completed an internship at the Richard A. Henson Family YMCA, where I connected and built strong relationships with members of the local community. Many of these connections I still call on for career advice. I also created an ad campaign for the Wicomico County Habitat for Humanity, which increased my awareness of the importance of community involvement.
Accepting an energy consultant position with APPI Energy was the next logical step. During the extensive interview process, I knew I would be fortunate to work with a reputable company with a great corporate culture. Today, I work with 40 colleagues who are invested in each other’s success and wellbeing. I assist commercial and industrial organizations with negotiating favorable electricity and natural gas prices with suppliers. I’m applying sales strategies that I learned through the Perdue School of Business, while APPI Energy provides me with training to further develop my energy industry expertise. Plus, I remain close to family in Salisbury. My position at APPI Energy isn’t a job; it’s a career.
I advise students at Salisbury University to connect with as many professional and highly motivated people as possible during your time as an undergrad. Salisbury is an incredible area, and the people are wonderful.