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The Global Studies and Geography Department Hosts a Student Career Night

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 alumni Josh Ettinger ’13, Hannah Skahill ’13, Blaine Volpe ’16 and Athraja de Silva ’15 took time out of their schedules to join us (in person and via Zoom) and share insights into life after graduation.

Josh talked about pursuing his interests which led him to an internship on the Jon Stewart Show followed by working for Suffolk County, NY Congressman Steve Israel (locally and in D.C.).  This sparked his interest in Human Rights and science, leading him to his current position as Executive Operations Coordinator with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Hannah discussed her unexpected transition from working in education to banking and how much she loves it.  She also advised students not to feel pressured to jump into grad school right away and that often times employers have a program where they will pay for school, so you don't have to incur additional debt yourself.

Blaine highlighted the budgeting side of real life and managing your salary against housing, commuting and food expenses.  Athraja offered an international student’s perspective on being able to stay on in the U.S. after graduation and find work.  She also encouraged students to not be shy, ask for what you want and stand up for yourself.

The evening was a success! Many people agreed it was very helpful and fun to listen to old friends talk about how they are reaching success now.  One senior shared: “I loved the career event we had because it was nice to hear from alumni who were fresh from college and get their perspective on how to transition into the real world.  I also got a lot of helpful networking tips!”

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