Preston Hughes is a Recruitment Specialist at Stone Belt Arc, Inc.. He is a 2012 IU alum and studied Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation during his time here. Preston recently took some time to share about Stone Belt’s career opportunities and organizational culture.
Q: What appealed to you when you were doing your job search that helped you to choose to work for Stone Belt Arc, Inc.?
A: As I was searching for the next step in my career, I knew I wanted to stay in the business of helping others. I interviewed with a few different companies, but as soon as I left my interview with Stone Belt I knew I would take the job if it was offered to me. It was so evident from the moment I walked in the door that the people here are truly compassionate and have a lot of pride in what they do. Our work may not be the most glamorous, but it is integral to our community and we get to make a positive impact on the lives of our clients and their families every single day. There are not a lot of places that can say that.
Q: Could you describe the office culture and what you feel distinguishes Stone Belt from other organizations?
A: The culture at Stone Belt is one of caring and inclusion. Part of the reason such a culture can thrive here is due to the fact that we are a non-for-profit. Because we aren’t in the business of making money off our clients, we are able to focus instead on providing the absolute best support to our people. We don’t answer to shareholders or corporate “big-wigs,” but rather to our clients and their loved ones that are able to carry on their daily lives because of the services we provide.
Q: What common skill sets do you find in students who are most successful within Stone Belt?
A: The students that do well with us, either as a part-time employee during their time at IU or as a full-time career after graduation, all exhibit open-mindedness, compassion for others, and a desire to make the world a better place. I will be the first to admit that if you are purely interested in making a ton of money, Stone Belt isn’t the place for you. But if you value making a good living by providing support to some simply incredible individuals and giving back to your community, there is a very strong chance you will do well here.
Q: Why is Stone Belt interested in recruiting students with a liberal arts education background?
A: We find that students with a background in liberal arts tend to be very well rounded, which is instrumental in our industry. Students with an interest in psychology, mental health, counseling, human services, social services, and many other areas of study that fall under the purview of liberal arts would all be able to find an applicable role within Stone Belt.
Q: What is the best way for students to recruit with Stone Belt would?
A: All of our current openings can be found at our website. The online application is also available by following that link. Once your application is successfully submitted, our Hiring Coordinator would reach out to schedule an interview and discuss the position at greater length. Students are always invited to reach out to our Recruitment Specialist, [Preston Hughes], with any questions about working at Stone Belt.