Robert "Rob" Rhoton '14
Dedication and hard work have helped Randolph-Macon College student Robert “Rob”
Rhoton ’14 secure a full-time job after graduation. Rhoton, an
accounting and economics/business
major, is excited to begin a career as a staff accountant for Myers and Stauffer
LC in Richmond, Virginia.
Getting The EDGE
During his tenure at R-MC, Rhoton worked extensively with staff in The EDGE program. A four-year
career preparation program, The EDGE gives students a
competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops,
internships, one-on one advising and other resources ensure that R-MC graduates
are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
“I worked with Cathy Rollman, director of professional development, quite a lot,”
says Rhoton. “Last year, when I applied for internships,
Cathy helped me prepare my résumé and work on my interview skills.” Rhoton did an
impressive three internships in three years—two at Genworth Financial, Inc. and
another at Bon Secours Virginia Health System—all of which were made available through
R-MC’s Bassett Internship program. Since
1982, the Bassett program has placed more than 3,000 students in internships in
the U.S. and abroad.
“The Bassett program is amazing—it gave me opportunities to gain real-world experience
and decide what it is I want to do with my life,” he says. “I attribute my ability
to get a job to the experiences I had during my internships.” An information session
sponsored by The EDGE was responsible for Rhoton’s initial
meeting with representatives from Myers and Stauffer.
“I met with staff from Myers and Stauffer, gave them my résumé, and eventually interviewed
with them several times,” says Rhoton. “Throughout the entire process, I met with
Cathy, who provided mentorship and advice. She always made time for me—and I was
thrilled when I got the job offer last October.”
Rhoton has been an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity for four years.
“Joining the fraternity was one of the best decisions I ever made,” he says. “My
brothers helped me mature, and my roles on the fraternity executive board as well
on the inter-fraternity council helped me improve my leadership skills.” Rhoton
also participated in R-MC’s study abroad
program, traveling to Italy during his sophomore year and England during January
Term (J-term) 2014.
“Those were both great experiences,” he says. “Learning about a country and then
visiting that place with your classmates is a wonderful opportunity.” Rhoton encourages
new Yellow Jackets to follow his lead and take advantage of all that R-MC has to
“From Greek Life to
student organizations to The EDGE
to study abroad, everything is
here to help students explore, have fun, and be successful. Get involved!”