For the Class of 2016, it’s job-hunting season: in about three months, they will be emerging from All Saints’ Chapel, diplomas in hand. Some will be heading to graduate school or other experiences, but for many seniors, the next step is starting a career.
Sewanee provides career assistance to its students in many ways, and many seniors are working closely with the , scheduling and conducting interviews, scanning job postings, and preparing résumés and cover letters.
But some fortunate seniors have their post-college jobs already in hand, taking advantage of opportunities Sewanee offers all its students—alumni networking, specialized skills training, and paid internships. For students whose career goals are in the business world, the University’s unique business minor and the support of the Babson Center for Global Commerce have provided an extra edge.
Here is a sampling of just four of the senior business minors who are approaching graduation with the serenity that comes with having a job offer already secured. Other seniors have also already landed jobs at firms including BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, and Surgical Care Affiliates.
Economics major Andrew Moots, from Norcross, Ga., won’t have any surprises when he starts his post-college career at SunTrust Robinson Humphreys, an Atlanta-based corporate and investment banking firm. That’s because he did a semester-long internship with the firm in his junior year as a part of the requirements for the business honors program.
The firm liked his work well enough that it asked him to stay on for the summer, and when it was time to head back to the Mountain for his senior year, he came back with a firm job offer in his pocket. He says that the course work he did at Sewanee and the skills training he was offered proved “incredibly helpful” during his extended internship. Andy also was the starting fullback for the varsity football team.
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Caroline White, of Atlanta, Ga., a politics major, will join the management associate program at Regions Financial Corporation in Charlotte in May, heading toward a position in credit underwriting. She says her business minor and participation in Babson Center events and skills training “proved to potential employers that I could think like a liberal arts student, but still have the skills of a candidate from a strong business undergrad program.”
She did an internship at a Washington, D.C., think tank where she focused on applying private sector solutions to national security issues. Interviewers liked the fact that she could bring a different perspective than candidates who had studied only business-related courses. Caroline was very active in the student investment club while at Sewanee, having served as the executive officer of the Sewanee Angel Capital division.
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Matthew Tome, of Charlotte, N.C., will be joining Stephens Inc., a privately held financial services firm, as an investment banking analyst in the company’s Atlanta office. Like Andy, Matt is an economics major, and he says he thinks the business minor helped convince potential employers that he “was serious about a career in business.”
Matthew had business-related summer internships (at Mercer Capital Management and Standard Research Corporation) after his sophomore and junior years, and he credits the Babson Center with helping him land both positions. Matt also took advantage of alumni networking events; a Sewanee grad he met at one event played a key role in securing the interview that led him to a job offer from Stephens. Matt also participated in the program sponsored by the Babson Center, attending the summer bridge program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the summer after his junior year. Matt has been a formidable presence as a key player on the men’s varsity basketball team while at Sewanee.
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Callum Wishart, originally from England and arriving at Sewanee via Birchwood, Tenn., will join Bank of America as a wholesale credit analyst. As an economics major, he was well-versed in economic theory, but the additional coursework in financial accounting required by the business minor was the key to getting an interview with the bank, he says. And once he was in the interview, he adds, most of the questions were “based on the concepts I had learned through my business minor.”
Even before the interview, he put his financial accounting skills to work when he was told to conduct a case study on a business to bring to the interview. Callum used his training on the on campus—a key tool for the financial services industry—to prepare his case study. Callum has been the starting place kicker for the varsity football team for the past three years and served as a residence hall proctor and assistant proctor.
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