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Ben Kern

Ben Kern

Kern Consulting LLC

Owner/Founder

Personal Information

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School: The Ohio State University

Major: Corporate Training and Development

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Kern Consulting LLC

Title: Owner/Founder

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I run a boutique consulting / software development firm where I help small / medium size organizations map out and streamline their internal workflows and then often design/build custom software stacks to manage those workflows.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Launching my own business and clearing well over six figures in my first year.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

Taught me the real meaning of integrity and work ethic.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It certainly was a cornerstone for me. It led me into a managerial role, which led to me to learning new software tools, which led me to launch my own company.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Mike Barr. I still say his reference letter was the best in CWP history. I think the year was '08 or '09.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

In life, no one is going to do anything for you. You have to create your own success

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

Unfortunately, I've lost touch with most of my cwp contacts.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

"Get close with you Dm/Vp. They are the ones who distribute marketing leads (at least in my time) Pay your painters what they are worth."

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

Cwp is still relevant from a leadership / managerial standpoint. For my field specifically that's half the equation. The rest is getting exposure/practice/experience actually using various software tools.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Codeless/low code software tools/solutions are the future and are far more cost effective today than building in house. Larger and larger companies are seeing this and now there is already a huge gap in the labor market for people who have experience with various codeless/low code software development tools. I'm willing to hire someone for 80k/yr and still struggling because of the skill gap. P.s. it's not rocket surgery either... I learned these tools myself through YouTube mostly.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

It's all a blurr

Last words of wisdom

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Otherwise, don't.