Thomas Lampert ‘12

Current Job: JD Candidate, Boston College Law School

 

What has your career been since graduating from Colby?

I taught 3rd and 4th grade in Helena, Arkansas, for 2 years through Teach for America.  I then stayed a third year teaching and leading a grade-level team.  After that, I started law school at Boston College.  This past summer, I worked in the Public Corruption Unit at the United States Attorney’s office in Boston.  I also interned for a Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this Fall.  This summer, I am interning at a large law firm in Boston.

How did being a Global Studies major give you advantages for after you graduated?

The Global Studies major helped me in two primary ways.  First, the major allows you to take classes in multiple departments. This forced me to juggle a variety of topics simultaneously.  I found this particularly helpful in my teaching job, where I needed to prioritize various responsibilities at the same time.  Second, I received constant feedback on in depth research and writing.  The skills I developed from that experience are invaluable in law school.

Where did you study abroad, and how did that experience impact you?

I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. My time in Salamanca helped me gain confidence outside of my comfort zone.  In particular, I learned to take risks with the language and meet different people.

How did Colby in general help guide you in your career?

I leaned on the career services office to learn about different opportunities and prepare for interviews. More importantly, I surrounded myself with motivated friends interested in a variety of industries. When everyone around you is focused on their career, it is easy to get on that band-wagon. Finally, I reached out to alumni.  While I did not know many of them personally before, I have these alumni to thank for the majority of doors that opened for me.

What advice would you give to Global Studies majors at Colby about their experience in college and their future careers?

First, find something of interest to you at Colby and get deeply involved. When I get interview questions about my time at Colby, they are about depth of involvement in one thing, not how many things I did. Second, get into the career services office early and do not focusing on whether an internship or a job is exactly what you planned for. I never thought I would teach third grade in Arkansas and Mississippi. While I am not going to make a career as a teacher, my time in Arkansas made me better at everything I do. Finally, as hard as it can be, reach out to and speak with alumni early. Almost any Colby alum that gets an email from a Colby student is willing to jump on the phone and talk about their experience. These do not need to be solicitations for opportunities.  Simply hearing about someone’s path is very valuable. Most of the time, they will ask about your interests and offer to connect you with people anyway.