Lansing Community College

This week's employer spotlight is with Blarney Castle Oil Co.

We asked Amanda Roach, Field Recruiter, some questions about Blarney Castle Oil Co.

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What makes your company a great place to work?

Blarney Castle Oil Co. is a fantastic company to work for!  We are a growing family-owned business that first opened its doors in 1933. Since then, we have grown to over 170+ Convenience Stores located throughout Michigan.  BCOC loves to promote from within, and even offers tuition reimbursement.

Describe the culture of your company.

Stemming from our fearless Founder Dennis E. McCarthy, Blarney Castle Oil Co. places a strong emphasis on its customers, employees, and commitments to local communities. As we look ahead to the future, we are grounded by our humble beginnings and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our neighbors in Michigan.

What majors do you hire?

Blarney Castle Oil Co. has a unique need for various majors and degrees, but not limited to: Geology, Engineering, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Marketing, IT, Economics, etc.

In our Entry level positions, only a High School Diploma or GED is required.

What skills and/or experiences do you look for in candidates?

Blarney Castle Oil Co. is seeking candidates with various levels of experience. Entry-Level: Stockers, Cashiers, Deli Associates;  Mid-Level: Assistant Managers, District Relief Specialist/Key Holders, Home Office Interns; Upper Level: Store Managers, Home Office Leaders, Operations, Purchasing

Recommended skills: Super Superior Customer Service, Safe Cash Handling, Communication, Dependable and Reliable, some positions require you to be able to lift 50lbs on occasion.

Do you offer internship programs?

We are still in communications about the types of internships we will be offering this summer. I have been instructed to Recruit for Accounting, Finance, IT, and Business students interested in living and working in Northern Michigan at our Home Office in Bear Lake, MI. I do have store-level summer positions available as well. I always feel this a wonderful opportunity for students to learn how a larger corporation works at their business base.

What is one piece of career advice you would give lcc students?

As a recruiter, one of my main pieces of advice to give to you is: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket. I landed on my career path by thinking outside the box, to later realize this is my life's purpose and niche. If a position or career interests you outside your specialty/degree, apply anyway; what is the worst that is going to happen? Someone says "NO". No is better than never trying."

How can students connect with you?

Students may connect with me in a few different forms. Email, Phone Call, and Text. (LinkedIn connection will be available later this year.)

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Blarney Castle Oil Co. loves to promote from within. I am also able to transfer students from the LCC are to their Hometowns in the summer months. 

Blarney Castle Oil Co. will be at LCC’s Downtown Campus, Career Center – Gannon Building Room 2219, Wednesday, January 24 from 11am – 1pm.

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