March 31, 2014 : AUDIO: Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Graduation Spotlight: Bill Clark
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – When 53-year old Bill Clark walks across the stage at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s Honors Convocation on May 2, he will be walking into a brand new life. The Lancaster native returned to college two years ago after he lost his job.
“I wondered what could I do and where could I go,” said Clark. “I looked at my options. I looked at schools and chose the best fit for me.”
Clark was a test technician and his job, along with other jobs at his company, was shipped to China. Clark decided to pursue an accounting technology degree under the Trade Assistance Act.
“I knew I needed to get into a job that would not be outsourced,” said Clark. “However, I was worried about going back to class with teachers after being out of school for few years. It didn’t take long to figure out that everything was going to be fine.”
Everything was going to be more than fine. Clark not only started taking classes to get his accounting technology degree. He also got involved on campus becoming a member of OUL’s golf team. Clark also got a job as a student worker in OUL’s accounting office.
“The professors and the people here care, and they help you. They do everything they can to help you succeed,” said Clark. “The size of the classrooms is just a great place to learn instead of going to a school with huge classrooms. There you are just a number. Here you are a person. They made it personal here. I have become friends with several of my professors.”
Clark has just started the process of searching for a job and he’s nervous, just like he was when he first started at OUL.
I’m really a quiet person and very shy. I’ve had to push myself,” said Clark. “I’m not sure of what hiring managers will think of a 53-year-old man coming back into the workforce,” said Clark. “I’ve just started to get my resume back together again, so we’ll send it out and we’ll see. But, I’ve learned the skills to do this and I’ve learned I have everything it takes to do this during my time at OUL.”