The Colby College Career Center, Passionate Alumni and Parents, and the office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy will be hosting the fifth annual PAVING THE ROAD TO A FUTURE IN FINANCE (a day-long event) in Boston at the Seaport Hotel (1 Seaport Lane) on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (last day of fall break).

What We Provide:

  • An exclusive opportunity to spend the day with over 100 alums/parents with over 2000 years of combined experience in financial service professions.
  • An unparalleled chance to network with passionate professionals who are looking to hire liberal arts graduates to fill full-time and internship positions.
  • A broad perspective on how to approach the process of finding your first job and how to think about career choice.
  • A session to practice interviewing with professionals in the field who will provide immediate feedback.
  • NEW for 2016: Live interviewing for full time and internship positions. Companies interviewing TBA.


What You Provide:

A polished, pre-professional student ready to demonstrate that Colby is educating another generation of smart, engaging, inquisitive young adults ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the next generation of business leaders.

Advance registration is required, along with a $20.00 deposit (refundable upon participation) for all attendees (bus or self-driving).

In order to register, you must submit application materials.  Applications, including a proposal and Career Center-approved resume, are due: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at 11:59pm.
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Your application requires you have a “Career Center Approved Resume”. Instructions for getting approval can be found here.

Professional dress (interview attire) is required.

Please contact Jordan Bell ( in the Career Center with any questions.

We will update with the schedule for 2016, but for reference here is the 2015 Schedule of Events:

6:00am – Bus Leaves Colby

9:30am – Arrive at Westin Boston Waterfront

10:00am – Welcome and overview of the day (Jay Allen ’86, P’15)

10:15am – Credit Suisse Panel (Moderated by Jay Allen ’86, P’15; Jim Garrity ’83; Melissa Haire ’98; Sam Owen ’04)

10:45am – Sell Side Panel (Amanda Boggs ’00 – Citi; Zach Rubin ’94 – Deutsche Bank; Kevin Thurston ’98 – UBS)

11:15am – Harris Williams Panel (Jeff Bistrong ’85, P’17 – Moderator; Tyler Dewing ’99; Wayne Harrington ’05; Caitlin Vorlicek ’14)

11:45am – Break

12:00pm – Working Lunch: How to Land Your First Job in Financial Services (Students will be organized by class year)

1:30pm – Alternative Investments Panel (Marc Wolpow P’16 – Moderator, Audax Group; Joel Cutler, General Catalyst; Hugh O’Donnell, Colby Endowment; Derek Taff ’04, The Boston Company)

2:15pm – Asset Management Panel (Kelly Cavagnaro ’01 – Moderator, SSGA; Tom Christolini P’18, Fidelity; Josh Cummings ’92, Putnam; Scott Hartz ’83, Manulife)

3:00pm – How to Structure an Effective Job Search with Ben Thorndike ’78

3:30pm – One-on-one Speed Interviews

5:15pm – Transition to reception space

5:30pm – Networking Receptions @ Sauciety

7:30pm – Bus departs for Colby / boxed dinner provided by Tossed- Fast Food Fresh – Brian Hanseth ’00



Paving the road was a great opportunity for me to build my network and gain a better understanding of career paths within Finance. I made valuable connections that lead to a handful of interviews for internships last year. – Nate Morgan ’15

The Paving the Road to Finance experience in Boston was really useful to me in deciding what part of finance I am interested in. The most important part for me was the interview sessions where we quickly did 3-4 interviews with different alumni and got feedback immediately. This along with the networking hour helped me get my summer internship and taught me how to behave professionally at work events. – Deeksha Iyer ‘15

Paving the Road is a great way to learn about a learn about a diverse industry from experienced alumni that want to see you to succeed. It will allow you to determine if finance is the right industry for you and if so, what realm of finance interests you most. – Charlie Coffman ‘15

Paving the Road is a perfect opportunity to find out what it means to work in finance. All of the alumni at the event are there to help you. – Gary Koplik ‘16

The ‘Paving the Road’ trip was a great experience; I learned how to better network and present myself in professional interviews. As well, I got some great advice on how to better word and line up my resume. – Zach Eslami ‘15