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Up Close with Harman: Finance + Liberal Arts

This past summer I had a 9-week internship at Harman International in their finance department as a “Financial Planning and Analysis Intern.” Despite Harman’s significant size, many people are unaware of the scope of the company’s business. Harman is a large corporation (about $7 billion of revenue) based in Stamford, CT, and is best known for being an audio company that owns JBL, AKG, and Harman Kardon.  However, their main source of revenue and focus is in car audio and infotainment systems. The company is divided into four segments: infotainment systems for cars, consumer audio, professional audio, and something they call connected services, which does outsourced research and development (primarily writing software for telecom and auto companies). What makes Harman so interesting to me is that it joins hardware and software almost seamlessly and covers a wide array of products and services that makes for a constantly evolving company where there are always more to learn. While the company was just acquired by Samsung, they still function autonomously. The internship offered opportunity, flexibility, and value far more than I imagined.

At its most basic level, the internship offered the opportunity for me to refine my analytical and quantitative skills, as I performed market share and financial analysis, developed financial projections, valuations and risk assessments for the CFO.  Coming from Davidson and having an interest in a career in finance, developing my analytical skill set was important to me. However, the knowledge and skills I acquired during this internship went far beyond just what I gained from preforming the tasks I was assigned. I developed relationships with many of the incredibly smart people that surrounded me, even if they weren’t in my division. My manager was able to introduce me to people in areas where I expressed interest.  After getting acclimated to the environment, I started to do this on my own, and even got involved with projects in areas I wanted exposure. For example, I was curious to explore the concept and methods of valuation, so I reached out to the M&A group where I got involved in a valuation project – something that proved extremely interesting to me.  This internship gave me greater confidence to take this kind of initiative, a life skill that I know will be incredibly valuable to me as I pursue my future career.

Finally, this internship gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge (mostly analytical problem solving strategies gained as a liberal arts student at Davidson!), creativity, and newly acquired financial skills to engage in an entrepreneurial business project and interact with professionals at all levels of the company. The interns were divided into groups to create and execute a business plan to promote and sell Harman headphones to companies and then present this strategy and results to CEO. The “Campus to Corporate” project was an all-encompassing “challenge” in many ways.  It further developed and expanded many aspects of my business skill set, challenging my ability to strategize, collaborate, be creative, and execute, while also honing my presentation skills.  Working with my teammates in a constantly changing and dynamic setting forced us to be nimble with our strategy execution and think outside of the box while staying focused on the end result.  On top of everything else, the opportunity to present to the CEO and other executives was extraordinary!

Apply to Harman’s College to Corporate internship on Handshake

Annie Walker is in her junior year at Davidson College, majoring in political science with a minor in economics. Annie is interning this summer at Wells Fargo’s Investment bank in their NYC Technology Media and Telecom group. 

Up Close with Tresata: Big Data

As a senior, Math major and Computer Science minor from Shanghai, China, my career interest is Big Data and data analytics, and I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to intern at Tresata this past summer.

Because I am interested in using data analytics to unveil the hidden layers of pattern in data, Tresata was a great fit for me as a big data software intelligence company. Tresata believes that “data” is the theme of the next “industrial revolution” and aims to use data analytics to automate complex business problems.

The summer was rewarding because I was in a great position working with passion, but also challenging because this was my first professional experience in the field of data analytics. There was a lot to learn and quickly adjust to, such as the internal technologies and new programming languages. Moreover, after one and a half weeks of training, we (the interns) were then each given a project and related data; it was not easy for us rookies to approach those problems and massive datasets at first – my dataset was over 90G!

Fortunately, we had more than enough resources to help us succeed: everyone else at Tresata. We spent countless hours through discussion, mentoring, giving feedback and helping each other; it was truly a great working environment because everyone was a mentor and a friend at the same time. We enjoyed intellectual conversations on technical insights as well as discussions about one another’s personal life. Every month, the company sponsored a mandatory “Fun Event”: we went to attend a Knights baseball game in June and went bowling in July. Time flew by as we went from the clueless interns to seemingly experienced professionals, standing in front of everyone to present our projects in the last week.

Tresata has helped me get my first hands-on experience in the field of data analytics and also strengthened my pursuit of Big Data. Love your work and love who you work with!

Tresata currently has 3 internships posted. Visit Handshake to learn more and apply!

Tresata will also be on campus February 23 for a full day of events. Visit Handshake to RSVP.

Xudong “Brandon” Liang is a senior, Math major and Computer Science from Shanghai, China. He will join Tresata in the beginning of February in 2017.

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New Year, New Look: Transforming the Center for Career Development

Following a semester filled with unprecedented success, we now focus our eyes on a new year—one promised to be abundant in enrichment and growth, and offer an outstanding array of career development opportunities for our students. As we shift our attention to a fresh semester, we aim to continuously drive strategic transformation via the strengthening of employer partnerships and career programming, office remodeling, and personnel hires that will amplify achievement.

Prior to the break, we reimagined our Center to intentionally optimize our space to include more rooms for consultation and interviews, so we have transformed individual offices to collaborative spaces to achieve this. When students return to campus, we will now have four rooms in the Center specifically designed for one-on-one advising and assessments, engaging with employers, and interview opportunities. As a key piece of our transformation, we are confident this new look will provide students with a warmer, more engaging atmosphere and allow for deeper connectivity and increased production. Students, be sure to stop by the Center upon your return—not just to see its facelift, but for career advising, of course!

Additionally, we are eager to welcome a fresh face to our staff: Rebecca Glavin, Assistant Director for Career Development. Rebecca is a key hire to heighten the Center’s success, and she will focus on the Davidson Impact Fellows Program, the Center’s Annual report as well as student advising and assessment. She joins us with distinguished experience in career coaching. She is well-versed in building strong client relationships, having owned her own counseling firm, Glavin Counseling, as a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her passion for people and counseling will undoubtedly add to our dynamic staff.

I am also thrilled to have joined the Center for Career Development in the Fall as an Assistant Director to deliver high-quality relationship management and support to our clients – both students and employers, alumni, graduate schools and other external and internal stakeholders. With marketing and communications skills honed in both the private sector at Unlimited Success Sports Management, and prior to this, within higher ed environments at Mississippi State University, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm to the Center. Since arriving in the Fall, I’ve hit the ground running, enjoying the opportunity to serve Davidson students through various signature career development events and one-on-one advising. I look forward to getting to know each one of you as a new semester begins!

As you can see, we have been quite busy ensuring intentional steps are taken to fully leverage the Center to deliver career opportunities to all Davidson students. Through the support and partnership of key employers, parents, faculty, staff and alumni, we have been able to capitalize on strategic change to generate successful engagement outcomes with our students and enhance professional development initiatives. We look forward to welcoming each of you back in the new year and cannot wait to help you achieve your post-Davidson goals.

Stay tuned for more… we are just getting started!

 

Sarah Layne,
Assistant Director for Career Development

Job Shadowing Program: Updates & Enhancements

 

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Since the inception of our piloted Job Shadowing Program 5 years ago, students of all class years and majors have availed of hundreds of opportunities to connect with Davidson alumni and parents, explore career paths, and clarify their career goals. From veterinarians and social workers to consultants and CEOs, students have been able to observe a wide variety of roles in organizations across the country.

Student and host response to this program has consistently been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, 98% of students would recommend the program to a friend. To update you on the latest of this program and demonstrate the accomplishments, we are excited to share our Job Shadowing Program Annual Report.

As the Job Shadowing Program approaches its sixth year, we have been analyzing feedback from both hosts and students in order to continually enhance our process. Based on your feedback, we have determined that both hosts and students overwhelmingly prefer to shadow in the spring and summer. The extended timeframe allows for more flexibility in scheduling while the timing ensures more engaging experiences that do not conflict with holiday office closures.

As a result of this assessment, we will now prioritize the Spring and Summer Job Shadowing Program moving forward. This will ensure more successful shadowing placements that provide the most impact and enhance your experience.

We are thrilled by the great success of this program and are excited to kick of the 2017 Spring & Summer Job Shadowing Program. Be on the lookout for information sessions in the coming months.

Law School Fair Reflections

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When I was in second grade my class had a career day, and I dressed up as an attorney. I had on a black dress, my dad’s old briefcase, and my hair in a tight bun. All this to say, I have known that I wanted to go into the legal field since I was seven years old, so joining the Pre Law Society at Davidson was a no-brainer for me. I know that the path to discovering a passion for the law isn’t as clear cut for some people, and that’s why recruiting and educating new members has been my favorite role as President of the Pre-Law Society. Leaving a mock file review and hearing a classmate get excited about applying to law schools, or sitting in a networking seminar and listening to our members talk about looking for internships with senators and attorneys is what makes my role worthwhile. For this reason, the Greater Charlotte Law School fair was truly my favorite day of the semester.

As President, watching my peers listen intently to admissions officers speaking about the application process, course options, and notable professors, I felt that all of our hard work planning the fair was worthwhile. Afternoons spent advertising the fair to students and law schools alike were rewarded when nearly 70 law schools and 150 students came together to speak about career options and graduate school opportunities. For many of our first-year members the fair was a time to discover courses that excite them and really solidify whether or not law school is the best path. For juniors and seniors, I believe it helped decide which classes and campuses excite them the most, and maybe come to the realization that certain schools simply aren’t a good fit.

My own takeaway from the law school fair was perhaps less concrete than some of my peers. As a junior who chose not to grow abroad, I found my motivation beginning to waiver this semester. Classes seemed longer and LSAT prep was not moving along quickly enough. Speaking to admissions reps from my dream schools—Columbia, Duke, Boston College, and so many others—reminded me what I am working towards at Davidson and within the Pre-Law Society. Learning about immigration law classes and professors who take students to conduct research overseas rekindled a flame that had started to die down. The law school fair prompted me to see that the finish line is in sight, that the goal I have been working towards since I was seven years old is about to pay off greatly. To me, the Greater Charlotte Law School Fair was a truly invaluable experience.

emily-yates-headshotEmily is currently a junior at Davidson College. She is pursuing a double major in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emily is President of the Pre Law Society and hopes to have a career in the legal field.

 

February Alumni Spotlight: Darrell Scott ’10

Original post contributed by Mahlek Pothemont ’16

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Who are you and when did you graduate? (e.g. name, age, davidson major, involved in what clubs and orgs, etc.)

Name: Darrell Scott

Age: 27

Major: Sociology; Ethnic Studies Concentration

Organizations: Black Student Coalition, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Student Government Association, S.T.R.I.D.E., MLK Day Planning Committee,

Where are you from?

Little Rock, AR

What is your current profession(s)?

Right now, I’m working on a text news service called PushBlack with Tareq Alani ’10, and helping run lean experiments with difference social justice groups through Accelerate Change. I also lead a social change incubator for high school students through an organization called LearnServe International.

What originally drew your interest to this particular position/field?  

I’ve always been interested in new models for civic engagement, and stretching myself to learn about new tools. When I was leaving the philanthropy world, I knew I wanted to be in a nontraditional environment, and joining Accelerate Change’s team was the perfect fit. I’ve learned a ton about how to combine business principles and lean methodology to strengthen social movements. And, my interest in media has always been there.

I’ve always been obsessed with black media and its connection to black liberation. My childhood home was full of Ebony and Jet magazines. The TV stayed on BET. Not only did these mediums keep me updated on trends, they also taught me about civic participation.

How did the experience impact your career goals and your next steps?

We’re pushing forward with PushBlack, running multiple experiments to learn more about customer acquisition, growth strategies, and pathways to monetization. PushBlack has the unique opportunity to amplify black people’s voice in news and civic engagement. As a result, African Americans can, once again, have an outlet that informs us about important causes and provides ways to get involved. Be sure to sign up for text news service, PushBlack Now, at www.PushBlack.org/now.

Can you share on brief story about a specific project, moment, etc. that was particularly impactful?

Winning the Davidson Venture Fund with Tareq Alani ‘10: http://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/150305-colorworthy-wins-venture-fund-competition

 

Wondering How to Go About Your Internship Search?

Original post contributed by: Beza Baheru ’16

As you are enjoying your time on campus, it is a great time to think about internships and jobs for the summer and beyond.  You are wondering why do I need internships? My response to your question: internships are very beneficial tools in your journey to exploring your career options. Since it is a temporary position, it allows you to investigate your skills and assess if that particular position aligns with your interests and skills firsthand as you will be carrying out numerous projects throughout your time as an intern.

Where to start your internship search?

Now that we have established the importance of an internship, the next step is to start searching, however since there are a lot of internships and jobs out there, we want to zoom-in and gear our search via a somewhat specific focus. Attaining a certain target will make the internship search easier and manageable. Initially, you should think about where you would want to work and live in terms of city, state and country. Establishing your top three locations will help facilitate the process. Then, you can specify these places in your search. However, this does not mean that you will only limit yourself to these places, you still will look at other locations; you will just prioritize to these places first.

What is your desired job function and industry?

            From my personal experience, I rarely thought about the industry while attempting to land an internship during my past summers, rather I would skim through the positions available at various websites and decide based on the description corresponding to the title. I have realized that it is essential to have a brief idea of the industry that you want to work in as well. It is part of the job/internship focus process. You are wondering what is the difference between a job function and a job industry. Job function denotes to the particular duties that you will have as an intern or on the job while job industry refers to the umbrella that the job function is part of. For instance, you can be a research analyst in a health care company. In this case, research analyst is the job function whereas health care is the job industry.

Where do your look for available positions?

There are an infinite number of resources for jobs and internships on the web these days. First and foremost, it is highly recommended for you to look at Davidson’s Wildcatlink, powered by handshake. Davidson alumni and other employers post their open positions since they want Davidson students particularly and they know how hard working Davidson students are. Moreover, networking is a vital part of the job search process, LinkedIn and DCAN are websites that allow you to generate connections with both Davidson alumni, parents and other professionals. These connections will come in handy when you are exploring a specific career path and you want to learn more about the vocation and what educational background is required. In addition to these resources, there are industry-specific sites that cater to one industry, as the name indicates. For instance, mediabistro.com is for Publishing and Journalism-related positions. Additional websites include indeed.com, internships.com, and internmatch.com.

 

Debunking Common Myths about Job Shadowing Program at Davidson College

Original contributed post by: Mahlek Pothemont ’16

 

On the fence about pursuing a job shadow experience?  Check out these common myths (and reality checks) regarding experiential education opportunities like Job Shadowing, below:

  • “Job shadows are just short internships that requires labor for no compensation.”
    • False, job shadowing is an opportunity for students to spend a day beside a professional in their respective field of interests. This experience only requires you to enter the program with an open mind to learn and explore career paths that you can potentially see yourself in. These opportunities are mainly set aside for students to gain that brief but rare experience on the site, while establishing professional networks for the future. Click here for more info about Davidson Job Shadowing program.
  • “I can’t possibly benefit from a program that only last a day.”
    • Job shadows afford students the opportunity to get access to places only professionals can access daily. Although the experience lasts only for a day the overall long term impact of your job shadow can only be realized through proper networking practices. A couple of tips on networking can be found here.
  • “There’s only a few hosts looking for students so the opportunities are few and far between. There’s no point in applying right?”
    • Also false, there are over 200 job shadow hosts sign up for the program every year, with over 100 students participating in 150+ job shadows. The opportunities are plentiful and coming in almost daily. Take the chance to apply to multiple opportunities that interest you in order to maximize your choices.
  • “These job shadows are nowhere near where I live and I know nobody in these cities. Davidson doesn’t provide any type of help beyond the application.”
    • Thankfully, this is untrue as well. The Center for Career Development offers an expense reimbursement program set in place for any student who is accepted by the Job Shadow participate. These funds are specially designed to cover costs of travel and lodging. For more info on reimbursement click here.
  • “My resume doesn’t matter since it’s just a job shadow and not an actual internship or job.”
    • Definitely a myth. Your resume is one of the most pivotal tools you will use in your time at Davidson. This document serves a “highlight reel” of your accomplishments and success over the past few years and is integral in the job shadow application process. The first step in the application process is to have your resume reviewed and approved by the Center for Career Development.(Tip: No appointment is required for this review and approval. Just come anytime in during walk-in hours with a copy of your resume)

Davenport & Company: On-Campus Recruiting

DavenportEstablished in 1863, Davenport & Company LLC is one of the oldest employee-owned, independent financial services firms in America. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, the firm offers a complete range of investment services, including comprehensive stock and bond brokerage, investment management, research, financial planning, insurance, public finance, and corporate finance.

On Tuesday, November 17, Chazzo Habliston ’13 will join us on-campus to share information about the public finance internship with Davenport.  Andrew Pope ’16, participated in this internship during the summer of 2015 and answered a few questions for us.  If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, visit the full description in Handshake.  Applications are due November 28 at 11:59pm.

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Andrew Pope ’16
Economics major

How would you describe Davenport’s work environment to someone who doesn’t know?

The vibe in the Davenport offices really exemplifies some of the pros of working at a smaller firm. Primarily, this was shown through the interdepartmental relationships that Davenport employees have with others at the company.  During my internship specifically, I was working in the Public Finance division, but was urged to spend time in other parts of the firm in order to really understand the way a financial services firm works.

In terms of my work with the Public Finance group, I was given a chance to really fulfill some of the jobs that the full time analysts were expected to complete. I started my internship a few weeks before they on-boarded a new analyst and our learning processes and responsibilities were very similar. The faith that they showed in my abilities was extremely important in learning to take some pride in what I was doing. Senior bankers were always asking how the process was going for me and offered their help with any questions that I may have.

What did an average workday look like?

I usually got to work around 7:45am and spent the morning working on the long-term project that I was given for the summer. Around 10, the Associate or Analyst that I was assigned to for the week would come to my desk and talk to me about the project that they were working on at the moment. Usually these projects were financial analysis for clients about refunding bonds or a quickly approaching issuance of new bonds. The banker I was working for would then explain what they would like me to do over the next couple of days and give me several tasks to have completed by the end of the week. From that point on, I worked closely with the associate assigned to the project until it was completed.

What advice would you give other Davidson students interested in applying to Davenport?

I recommend getting in touch with people at the company. They can give you a realistic expectation of what a full time opportunity with the company looks like. I would also recommend practicing any technical skills you have so that you can complete any work that they give you in a timely manner. Lastly, attention to detail is something that is taken to the next level at a company that stresses quality service like Davenport does.

Huron Consulting Group: A New (to Davidson) Name in Consulting

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Huron Consulting Group stands out as one of the fastest growing financial and operational consulting firms in the industry, serving clients in the healthcare, education, legal, life sciences, and business advisory sectors. The Davidson-Huron relationship began with the Healthcare practice in 2014-15 when we shared their summer internship opportunity. After a successful first run with Haley Rhodes ’16 during the summer of 2015, Huron Healthcare is back! This time, the practice is recruiting for their full-time Consulting Analyst positions.

In an effort to help Davison students get better acquainted with the practice, we connected with current recruiting coordinator, Megan Krizmanich. Megan began her career with Huron after graduating from The University of Notre Dame and served three years as a consultant before transitioning to her current role. Students will have the opportunity to meet Megan on-campus Monday, September 21 for an information session at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209. She will also be conducting one-on-one informational interviews on Tuesday, September 22 – limited space is available for these interviews.  The deadline for the full-time Huron Healthcare Consulting Analyst position is September 30.

We also reached out to Haley Rhodes ’16 to learn about her experience with the summer internship program. Haley, a graduating senior double majoring in Public Health and Hispanic Studies, spent some time speaking with CCD Employer Relations Ambassador, Chelsea Alexander ’18.

Read on for portions of our Q&As with Megan and Haley to learn more about Huron Consulting Group. We hope to see you in-person Monday at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209.

 

CCD: What drew you personally to the Healthcare Consulting role when you started at Huron? 

Megan Krizmanich: I started my undergraduate studies confident I was going to medical school, but I quickly changed my mind after standing in on my first surgery… I was still very passionate about the healthcare industry, but wanted to focus more on the business side.  Huron Healthcare fit the mold and after I met with people at the firm, I was sold!

 

CCD: How would you describe Huron’s work environment to someone who doesn’t know?

Haley Rhodes: A lot like Davidson culture. Collaborative. Immediately the team wanted me to succeed. They gave me a lot of responsibility from the first day and allowed me to do hospital unit observations on my own in the hospital once they knew I was comfortable. It gave me a lot of confidence. My teammates would say, “Come sit next to me, I’ll teach you how to do this analysis in Excel and whenever you have a question just ask.” I also had a development meeting every week with my supervisor where she would ask what I wanted to learn and what things I had done that I really enjoyed.

 

CCD: What did an average workday look like for you in the internship?

Haley: Monday and Thursday were travel days. I would wake up and go to the airport—a lot of the team traveling from Chicago would go on a plane together, then work out of the team room in our hotel. Then, we would do observations in the hospital and go on rounds or be in the team room doing projects, doing analyses or talking with our client counterparts. Other days, we would work at the hospital—leave from the hotel, go to the hospital, and work in the corporate room of the hospital and talk and lead trainings or conduct observations.

 

CCD: What is a common mistake you see candidates make during the application process?

Megan: Candidates tend to get caught up in selling themselves and can come across insincere.  Recognize that recruiting is a two way street; it is a chance for employers to learn more about your background, but at the same time it is a chance for you to learn more about companies and determine if it is a fit for you too.

 

CCD: Aside from academic experience, is there anything you particularly look for on a resume?  

Megan: Extracurricular; being involved at school, in your community, during the summer, etc.  A big challenge in consulting is time management.  If you are involved in extracurricular and successful in school, it clearly demonstrates that you already possess time management skills.

 

CCD: What advice would you give other Davidson students interested in applying to Huron?

Haley: I recommend reaching out to people at the firm to understand what it is like to be a consultant because the lifestyle is one to consider. I would also suggest practicing and honing organizational and quantitative skills, being comfortable with numbers and analysis, and taking initiative because I think doing that helped me to stand out.