Colby students interested in finance got a chance to jump-start their careers Oct. 14 by attending Paving the Road to a Future in Finance. The event connected students with parents and alumni who shared their experiences working in finance and advised students on how to get started in the field.

Sophomores and juniors in attendance focused on finding an internship in the finance sector, while seniors received guidance to keep them on the right job track. The event drew more than 120 alumni and parents and 60 students to Boston for panels and presentations that included a wide range of topics—from bond trading to the importance of building a career network.

Jay Allen ’86, P’15, who spearheaded Paving the Road to a Future in Finance with the help of Stephen Langlois ’85, said that as a parent and alumnus involved in finance, he enjoys helping students build their own careers. “We are always impressed by the energy, passion, and preparedness of the students who attend, and we look forward to assisting them in their job searches,” he said.

The most popular portion of the day was mock interviews. Each student had three 25-minute mock interviews with alumni and parents to develop and enhance an “elevator pitch,” or short summary used to quickly define skills and objectives. Afterward they received feedback.

“Paving the Road helped me realize very concretely what I need to be thinking about and improving upon,” said Harrison Zhu ’16. “I have come to realize, within these past few days, exactly what it means to have the support of the Colby network. I could not be more thankful for that.”

The daylong program wrapped up with a networking reception, after which students returned to Colby by bus.