Our YP feature for June is Harrison Beattie! Back in Brockville after going away for school, Harrison has jumped right back into Brockville life, including being one of our newest YPN Executives.
1. In 280 characters or less, tell us what you do.
I currently work at Beattie Dodge Chrysler Jeep in the beautiful heart of downtown Brockville. Being a mid-range sized dealership, many of the employees have multiple roles and responsibilities. At my initial hiring my primary role was to be assisting and facilitating vehicle purchases, but since then has widely expanded. I have also taken on the responsibility of managing the dealership’s on-line presence via social media advertising and the dealership website. On any given day I may be assisting the service department delivering vehicles or picking up customers. With so many different departments under one roof, it is safe to say each is genuinely unique.
2. Why Brockville?
Since I have been raised in Brockville and the surrounding area I have become very comfortable and familiar with the city. I spent two years in Kingston attending St. Lawrence college, and when the program was finished it was the clear choice to move home and take advantage of the full-time employment opportunity at our family dealership.
3. What is most important right now, to you as a young professional?
As a young professional, currently my number one goal is to stay relevant and employable in an increasingly flooded job market. In a world of rapidly expanding technology and out-sourcing, it is becoming increasingly challenging to secure employment. By continuing to hone my skills while differentiating myself, I believe long-term career development is achievable.
4. If you could give any piece of advice to 17-year old you, what would it be?
If I could give my 17-year old self any piece of advice it would be to always stay teachable and never stop learning. Although the typical classroom learning environment does not always cater to kinesthetic learners such as myself, it is still important to keep pushing forward and overcome such obstacles. By learning to adapt and learn in ways that may not come naturally, I have been forced to step out of my comfort zone.
5. What’s your most visited website/social media page?
6. Do you have any advice for other YP’s hoping to get into your field/career?
If I were invited to give advice to another young professional looking to enter the automotive industry it would be to strive to be an expert on your product and be ready to learn in any department. Even from my short time within the industry I have been impressed with the amount of knowledge customers already posses when coming into the dealership; therefore, it is crucial to be equally informed on our product. In a dealership setting there are a few departments with a high turnover rate, therefore being ready to jump into different roles is necessary.
7. What hidden gem of/in Brockville would you love to share with others?
While completing my Co-op at Tall Ships Landing I was able to see some pretty spectacular views. I believe developing a lookout of the river would be a great tourist attraction. It would also be another great way to attract people to other Tall Ships attractions.