Career Journey: Caleb Oaks, TCCA Farm Store Manager

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Caleb recently partnered with Tillamook Works to provide a business and marketing internship for the TCCA Farm Store. He has 10 years general management experience in business administration and retail. Everyone has a career journey; Caleb's began with making pizzas! Yum! Learn a little more about the in between of point A and B. Check it out:

What is your job title?

"Farm store manager"

What industry or industries does your job pertain to?

"Agriculture and food manufacturing"

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

"A baseball player"

What was your first job?

"Making pizza at a k-cafe little caesars for k-Mart"

Were there any tough lessons you learned from that experience? Did it help you in your future career or educational endeavors?

I learned the need to be accurate and consistent. Also had to develope work ethic and time management skills"

What kind of student were you in high school? For example, were you a bookworm? An athlete? What classes were you most interested in? Were you a hands on learner? Did you not like school or did you not mind it?

High school was relatively easy did not have to put forth a lot of effort I always loved being in the gym in gym classes but I loved art and choir as well

In high school, did you know what you wanted to do after you graduated? What factors helped you decide? Was it financial, a passion for the work, family history, something else? If you didn't know what you wanted to do after high school, what did you end up doing after you graduated and why did you go that route?

No I didn't. Really did not have much guidance on my path after high school

Was there a person in your life that helped guide, mentor, or supported you in your career journey? If so, who?

No I got to play baseball at a junior college for two years the transferred to a university didn't not really have any goals except for wanting a degree in business administration. Just was hoping my degree would be a good starting point.

What type of personality is needed for your job in order to be successful?

In my profession I believe people who are personable, honest, and able to change as needed for the industry are most successful.

Were there any definitive moments in your life, whether it be personal, educational, or career oriented that helped you get to where you are today?

All of the above. I can pinpoint moments in all those categories that got me to where I am. It was about making the best choice I could over and over again.

What kind of education, training, or experience did you have that helped you find success in your career journey?

Without my bachelor's degree I would not have been qualified for the jobs I have held in my professional career. That was something I never knew would be the case going through school into the professional workforce.

What advice would you give your high school self knowing what you know now about your career journey?

Take more AP courses and fewer gym classes. Have a plan for after high school.

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