Paving the Road to a Future in Finance Continues to Connect Students with Alumni and Parents
Written by Indiana Thompson ’18
Colby students saw how they could connect their broad liberal arts education to the world of finance in the Career Center’s latest Paving the Road event in Boston.
The fifth annual event, connecting students with alumni and parents, was designed to jump-start Colby students’ professional future and complements other workshops and on-campus recruiting sessions. Seventy-seven sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered Oct. 18 for a day of panels, mock-interviews and networking.
“The critical thinking components of any liberal arts major can be applied to the field of finance,” said Kay DeGraw ’17. “I used to perceive finance as a field exclusively reserved for economic majors.”
Though geared toward the professional development of current Colby students, the Paving the Road events have positive impact on the many alumni and parent volunteers who help to make the event successful. Jay Allen ’86, P’15, the organizing force behind Paving the Road, said that “each year I continue to be energized by additional alums and parents who want to get involved in sharing their career experiences and insight with current students.” He heralded the event as an example of Colby’s powerful network, saying that “Colby has the potential to create and nurture the most effective small college alumni career network of its kind.”
Alisa Johnson, Director of Colby’s Career Center, reiterated that “the key to Paving the Road is absolutely the alumni and parent participation. Students experience the power of the Colby network, many for the first time, and walk away with a true understanding of the network available to them.”
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