Josh Decker might be seen as your typical Auburn fan, but he plays and important role in giving back to the Auburn family. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he moved to attend Auburn University after graduation. He worked throughout college and gained experience that surprisingly set him up for an important job to follow college graduation. Decker became an Auburn alumnus in 2010 with a degree in history. Little did he know that his history degree would take a turn in landing him a high-end position working for Auburn’s student loved café, Au Bon Pain.
1. What is your position at Au Bon Pain and what are some of your daily tasks?
I am the shift leader and assistant manager. Basically, I try my best to be the full role behind the managing situation. I do everything from performing job interviews and training staff to the hiring and firing as well. I monitor the shop’s labor costs and most importantly manage all of the food orders.
2. What experience have you had to prepare you for your position?
I have maintained jobs throughout high school and college in the restaurant department. I have waited tables at Oh Charley’s and Golden Rule BBQ. It set me up for a pretty good background to know the ends and outs of the restaurant business.
3. What is the most rewarding part about your job?
I enjoy just using communication skills and helping people out. Working on Auburn’s campus has been a great way to start my after college experience. I hear students talk daily about how they wish they could stay on the plains or never graduate. I get the benefit of both worlds by working in the city I love while also being an Auburn graduate and getting paid.
4. Does having your degree in history affect how you feel about your turn towards a business position?
I have a lot of fun working for the university and have enjoyed being familiar with my surroundings at Auburn. I definitely want to someday pursue a job geared more towards my education, but being a recent graduate, this has been the ideal position for me and I learn new things everyday.
5. How does working for Auburn hit home to you most?I get such an incredible high from being able to walk past Jordan Hare Stadium everyday to get to work. I have been able to stay in touch with friends and things going on in the student body. I have also been able to be the house adviser for my fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, since I am still living in Auburn. It has been awesome working for the university and it keeps enhancing my auburn experience!