“The personalized approach of the Career Development Office and the Tuck network were instrumental in helping me switch careers.”
Because I was coming from a liberal arts educational background, had taken very few quantitative classes in college, and was in a job that did not require me to do any analysis, I was looking for a program that would provide academic balance. Tuck’s core curriculum and general management focus provided me the strong foundation of business principles that I knew I needed to achieve my career goals.
I knew that business school would be an incredible opportunity for me to push myself both professionally and personally; I wanted an environment and community where I would be supported and championed as I challenged myself to go outside my comfort zone. I wanted to leave an MBA not with a bunch of acquaintances, but with many strong friendships and deep relationships. Tuck was exactly what I was looking for.
My classmates have been the best part of my experience. Every day I am inspired by what they have already achieved, what they are trying to achieve, and the attitude they have. My friends at Tuck come from such diverse backgrounds and have such different experiences, but what they have in common is that they are all smart, passionate, good people who have taught me a lot about leadership and humility.
The connections I have made here not only helped me take my next professional step, but will also help with all subsequent progressions in my career. I am fully confident that I will reach out to my Tuck network in years to come when I want advice about taking a job offer, a direction I think my company should take, a partner to build a great idea with, or just a friend to grab a drink with after work.
“Know thyself.” Spend time thinking about why you are coming to Tuck, and make a list of those specific objectives and goals. It can be anything from “become comfortable with accounting” to “have a meal with at least five CEOs in this industry” to “invite someone I do not know well to get a beer at Murphy’s at least once a month.” Your list can change as you learn of new opportunities or reprioritize, but having it will help you stay focused on your true goals. Your Tuck experience goes by so quickly that it is important to spend your time purposefully.
The personalized approach of the Career Development Office (CDO) and the Tuck network were instrumental in helping me switch careers. I knew coming into Tuck that I loved my project management roles and was interested in tech. I wanted to combine those interests so I had weekly one-on-one meetings with the CDO. They not only helped me think generally about career paths that best suited me and my goals, but also helped me take action reaching out to alumni. Lizzie Napier T’91, a CDO career coach, was especially helpful, giving me mock interviews and pep talks before every round. Her cheerleading and support gave me the confidence I needed to secure my perfect internship for the summer at a young tech company in Boston—where I will return after I graduate!
Hamilton College, BA, 2008
Pearson, project manager 2010-13; Pearson, marketing assistant, 2008-10
“Deconstructing Apple” Research-to-Practice Seminar; Strategic Principles of Internet Businesses; Entrepreneurial Innovation Strategy; Leadership in the Global Economy
Admissions Associate; Tuck Run for the Kids 2015, organizer; Tripod Hockey; active member of the Tech Club, Women in Business Club, and Triathlon Club
First-Year Project working with Under Armour’s strategy team
Spent three weeks in Singapore for an OnSite Global Consulting project with an energy startup interested in crowdfunding; visited Vietnam and Singapore for a Global Insight Expedition; travelled with fellow students to Malaysia
Product management intern at Fiksu
Lunch with Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew; dinner at professor Paul Argenti’s home; support from many alums as I researched an internship and job; meeting Tuck alums at Under Armour’s headquarters; listening to Cranium founder Richard Tait T’88; working with wonderful members of the staff on Tuck's Run for the Kids
Product Manager at Boston Globe Media
Tuck showed me what is possible and gave me the tools and resources to achieve my goals.