For a week in late-June, 18 GA junior, seniors, and college-age alumnae participated in the third annual Career Exploration Week offered by GA’s Career Resource Center. The week was designed to provide a holistic view of several target industries and expose students to myriad positions within each organization.
Career tracks offered this year were:
- Publishing, Journalism, and Marketing: Bloomberg, Hearst, the New York Daily News,
Sotheby’s, Pepperidge Farm, and Case Study Brands
- Medicine & Science: Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, NYU School of Medicine’s
Bellevue Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, and Cytec Solvay
- Finance: Morgan Stanley, First Republic, Bridgewater Associates, Alliance Bernstein,
and JP Morgan
Each participant selected a career track of interest and, with the help of GA mentor connections at each organization, spent the week interacting with trade professionals who shared their expertise and their own career stories. Students were introduced to industry-specific terminology, techniques and business practices, asked in-depth questions, and worked on sample projects in small-group settings. An equally important part of the process of negotiating the work world included having to navigate travel to and from host locations that spanned from New York City to New Haven.
Mia Nixon ’17, who will be attending Tufts University in the fall, participated in the finance week and said of her experience: “I had an amazing time broadening my understanding of the finance industry
and learning about the various lines of work, clients, work environments, and opportunities at each company. Each day, I became more comfortable with the banking field in general and my skills in particular. The people we met were so passionate and encouraging about their work. The week demystified many aspects of the finance world for me, and I can now imagine myself pursuing a
Sophia Ferraro ’17, who will be a nursing student at The Catholic University of America in the fall, attended the medicine/science track. She said, “I loved the combination of tours, demonstrations, lectures, panels, and hands-on interaction.” Rising GA senior Christine Kao, added, “I learned about so many potential professions available in a hospital environment, from laboratory pathologists to medical physicists to x-ray and radiology specialists.”
Dr. Victoria Gamerman ’04, a senior biostatistician at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, offered further assistance at the end of the program, saying: “If you ever need advice or have questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Especially on topics of math, statistics, or college, I would be happy to share my personal experiences.” Alumnae connections like this are the basis of a successful career resource program as alumnae like Victoria continue to pay it forward.
The student and young alumna participants recognized the long-term significance of this short-term experience. “Thank you, again, for arranging the incredible shadowing week. All the professionals we met emphasized how rare and extraordinary an opportunity like this is,” said Katherine Du ’17 who will be attending Stanford University in the fall.
Beyond career days and weeks such as this, the Career Resource Center provides individual meetings, resume writing assistance, group workshops, panel discussions, site visits, shadowing opportunities, internships, and more. The center’s goal is to connect GA juniors, seniors, and alumnae with a vast network of GA community members for career networking, information, guidance, and placements,
and to facilitate opportunities for exploration of areas of interest.