In the midst of recruiting season for the banking and consulting sectors, The Hoya spoke with experts attending events sponsored by the Cawley Career Education Center. These recruiters, associates, analysts, consultants and other professionals were asked for their insights and advice to guide students pursuing careers in their fields. This week, experts talk about Georgetown’s reputation in the professional world and what students should do before and after they graduate.
Senior Research Analyst, Lewin Group
As someone who works with Georgetown graduates but did not actually attend Georgetown, how would you describe the average Georgetown graduate?
I think one of the great things about Georgetown graduates is that they really do come prepared with the skill set that we need at the Lewin Group to really hit the ground running. That’s something that we really don’t get from other universities. People that have graduated from Georgetown tend to know the field that we’re in very well, so they come in with very specific knowledge of health care and the industry and that really makes them invaluable in our company.
Chair, Hoya Gateway Program
What separates Hoya Gateway from all the other career resources that Georgetown offers?
I think the goal of Hoya Gateway is to create opportunities for students to meet with individuals in their chosen career or potential career and to learn from them about the paths those alumni took to get them where they are. I think the best way to describe the difference is the opportunity for one-on-one networking sessions, as opposed to some of the other career services where we’re looking for direct opportunities for jobs, for ways to send resumes to certain people. Here we’re talking about providing career advice over the phone, in casual settings, over Skype, one-on-one for coffee or lunch, or something like that.
Ann Beth Stebbins
Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
For someone considering going to law school, what course would you recommend taking at Georgetown?
I would recommend a basic accounting course, either taken while you’re an undergraduate or in law school: “Accounting for Lawyers.” Financial literacy is a skill that you absolutely need in the law field, regardless of whether you practice as a litigator or a transactional lawyer. You need to understand your client’s business, you need to understand their objectives and you need to be able to problem-solve. You can’t solve their problems unless you understand their problems, so basic financial literacy is a must.
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