Alumni Career Paths
For proof that a major is only a part of your career choice, explore the paths some of our alumni have taken.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
"Any second language is beneficial for brain development and creativity."
"Bucknell's engineering students become familiar with professional-grade equipment, and they are especially well prepared for the workforce. It's something employers mention time and again."
"The purpose of my research is to design and develop affordable solid oxide fuel cell technology with more fuel flexibility and higher power output."
“Enjoy your life. We only go around once.”
"The first thing I read every morning was about corruption in government, and I was inspired to change that."
“If you had told me when I graduated that I’d be working in Afghanistan in two years, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
"The whole thing started with a conversation about doing something and bringing our resources together."
"When I was young, before college, I never thought I would be doing what I am doing now."
"I speak to numerous student groups throughout the year, and my advice for those who would like to follow a similar path is often the same; just get out there and do it."
"I always tell people there are three important things I gained from my liberal arts education at Bucknell, and I carry them with me in my career path: 1. Always ask why, and why not; 2. Follow your heart/interest; 3. Make a difference."
"Social media has allowed people to rally around ideas and given individuals and groups a voice that can be heard all over the planet."
As an English major he learned to think critically and independently - a trait that would serve him well in his business leadership.
"When I realized that I could continue to do as a professional what I was doing at Bucknell as a student - and get paid for it - I knew exactly what I wanted"
"I was so nervous that first year I actually wore my helmet backwards, and I only rode 30 miles"
"You can't give up. You can't quit. You have to continue to work until you find individuals who see what you offer and believe in you."
"I never regretted making the move for that job."
"India is a big, big country, but what I can do is the seed work."
"We need to create sustainability so that we are helping not just for today, but for tomorrow."
"If we really love God, we'll love people, and the neediest people are orphans."
"It's the height of public service. You can have a huge effect on people's lives."
"My favorite thing is getting together with university students who receive scholarship assistance. I love to hear their stories"
"Culturally, Japan is very risk-averse, which is not ideal for entrepreneurs. But things are changing here."
"We do whatever we can to help veterans transition from the military to a civilian job"
"I'm not going to retire. People should not retire. It keeps me alive."
"For something to be sustainable, it needs to be environmentally and economically viable over a long period of time. But it also means looking out for people who don't have a say."
"Having the Small Business Development Center at Bucknell provides us with a list of people looking for solutions, while giving students an opportunity to learn what's going on in the real world and how to solve real problems."
"That was a career-determining moment for me."
"This was just before World War II, and I didn't understand how we could be thinking of going to war to save Jewish lives in Europe, while at the same time Jews could not live openly in our neighborhood."
"The way to level the playing field between poverty and wealth is to provide kids with a great education."
"In one week, I may be involved in labor negotiations and service planning, conferring with state legislators and business leaders and meeting with individual customers."
"Without the analytical work, philosophical and psychological reading I explored as an undergrad, I wouldn't have known how to analyze what was going on around me or to deal with it all."
"Don't underestimate the power that a network has for you. Make sure that you're not only connecting with your fellow students and professors, but that you are tapping into the Bucknell alumni. Your college education is not only about the academics. You're investing in a network, so leverage those relationships fully."
"I'm more passionate about running because I wasn't required to run. Having the support of the Bucknell community even though I wasn't a Bucknell runner set me up for my opportunities now."
“I loved the atmosphere and the community that Bucknell has.”
“You have to know about the historic materials you’re dealing with and the new materials you’re going to use. You have to know how they’re going to react with the original artwork.”
"Wildlife has always been a passion. I was the kid in third grade who liked snakes and put them in my book bag, where my mom would find them later."
"Being your own boss is an empowering feeling. But the best thing is having an occupation that involves my family. It's been an invaluable gift."
"The demand for culturally congruent practical and psychological help is still immense. I will return to Haiti until the day I die."
"What I really love is finding stories about the people and places that make New York the best city in the world."
"My profession has changed substantially, now that social contexts of production, such as sustainability, have become important. Equally important are implications of industrial accidents and the safety of workers, issues that the CSB will continue to examine in its investigations."
"War in the world is based on one way of thinking. We need insight into people, rather than the systems ruling them."
John Keshishian had the honor of serving as consultant to the White House under presidents Nixon and Reagan and was a member of the team of surgeons that attended President Reagan after the 1980 assassination attempt.
"It is a great honor to join the likes of Newton and Einstein in the Royal Society."
"We do a lot of signal processing in engineering. Why can't we apply that to biological phenomena?"
"We contribute over half the water to the (Chesapeake) Bay and well over half the nitrogen and phosphorus, so the nutrients (that those who fish) care about are coming from us."
Suddenly chemistry found its appropriate partner, a perfect marriage of seemingly disparate disciplines.
"That six month period, between June 11 and Dec. 2, is as important a time as there's been in American soccer history."
Hammerstedt describes the Ugandan emergency nurse practitioners she trains and the patients she treats as, "resilient, strong and hopeful people."
"Although I lived in Cuba and saw much poverty, I was in no way prepared for what I met in Nicaragua. It was much more extreme."
Said one patient: "There is about him a kind of warm humanity and careful reflectiveness, concerning both the individual patient and the general disease. An interest in both is by no means universal among good doctors."
"Running makes life better and allows you to get frustration out of your system."
The movements of African dance are "fluid and low to the ground, showing respect for the Earth, the environment."
In addition to serving on the New Hampshire Boat Museum's board of trustees, Hank Why founded several successful community boat building programs that now serve the needs of specialized groups.
Through EarthSave television and radio, Caryn Hartglass hosts a variety of programs exploring many aspects of veganism, which range from gourmet cooking to global warming.
"My education was exploring the world. It was terrific."
"I never thought of it as being a particularly big challenge for a woman. My dad never told me I couldn't or shouldn't be a lawyer. His encouragement was reinforced by my professors at Bucknell."
"Bucknell in the fall is especially beautiful. A lot of my old friends from college come back."
His attraction to animal flight has morphed into a career that would have captivated the likes of da Vinci and the ancient mythmakers.
"I've been a strong advocate of alternative energy, particularly solar, for many years."
"I am very grateful for the education that I received at Bucknell, where I was nurtured by a caring and awesome faculty and surrounded by classmates who were never afraid to express their ideas and thoughts for social justice in a very turbulent time."
"Some of the best preparation for broad and general business leadership was being the president of Kappa Delta Rho at Bucknell. It was very much like being the president of a business — from managing budgets, to handling the board, to the people management challenges, to the surprise phone calls in the middle of the night."
"The most challenging part of being a graduate student is stepping out of the classroom, where everything feels clear-cut and drawn out for you, and into the real world, where there is no prescribed blueprint to follow."
"I believe passionately in the power of the arts to teach, and plan to continue my career as a teaching artist, working with arts-integration in classrooms and afterschool programs."
"I paint the sea not only as I see it but as I think it. The process of creative production requires one to be disciplined, specifically with regards to generating and focusing of energy."
"Bucknell prepared me in so many ways. It stressed that we're all one, and we need to go on and try to make a difference in the world. It's not about money, it's about trying to make this world a little better."
"If you ask people who know me away from basketball, they’ll say that the music fits me more."
"For me, open-water swimming is not so much about racing other people. You're setting goals, saying, 'I want to accomplish something unusual.' You could call it extraordinary, but I don't think about it like that. I'm still the same person at the end of the day."
Robert Jacob '97 specializes in non-invasive methods for studying subsurface geology. Radar, magnetics, electromagnetics and other techniques allow him to sample a larger area than traditional drilling does, without disturbing the soil, rock, water or other elements under study.
Geography is a gateway to international issues like human rights, refugee movements and climate change. "Once I started, I loved it."
"Things have gotten lost because of our busy lives, and ice cream is a vehicle for bringing people together."
"When I think of Bucknell, what I remember most is the friendships I made that have lastedmy whole life."
"The longer the distance, the better I did. My coach talked to me about doing marathons, and I knew I would work my way up to that; I just did it quicker than expected."
"In management, the ability to think logically and decisively is crucial. And that's something I didn't have before I got to Bucknell."
"I want to give back because I feel like Annapolis has saved me."
"If you know the game, you don’t think of it as being that complicated, but it really is."
“I am an advocate of students seeking to serve the country in some capacity. There is no higher calling. I firmly believe that someday, someone will attempt to use weapons of mass destruction, including 'dirty' nuclear devices, on us. We need the best and brightest in government to help counter that threat — the kind of people that Bucknell has historically produced."
"It was living in an environment that nurtures activism, with people educating themselves about world issues, that led to my interest in international relations."
“I think our families would tell you that at Baby Basics, they don’t feel like they are getting a handout, but a hand up from other working Moms and Dads who share some basic common challenges."
"If I’d like to do anything else in my life other than take care of my family, it would be to raise the consciousness of those who are forgetting about poor and middle class people.”
"I’ve always felt that what I want to do is use the power of pictures to deliver news in a way that matters to people. Television stories, if they are good, can stay with you because they draw you in emotionally.”
“I see the very best in people, those who care about their fellow man and their larger community and live their values through the most generous, kind, and noble actions on behalf of others. It is very inspiring.”
"I enjoy the traveling. It's like a whole new dimension to the workplace."
“Working in the business world just didn’t have meaning for me anymore.”
Sue Margulis believes that zoos make an important contribution in educating the public about wild animals.
"Being an artist isn't just about drawing, it's about the characters, what they're wearing, the environment they're in, mapping the scene out to make it comprehensible. Putting the actual pencil to the paper is the last thing you worry about."
Robert 'Bob' Bouchard's research is "perched between pure science and applied science."
"I love acting. It gives me the same feeling I used to get years ago when I was in my neighborhood dribbling a basketball."
"We've been told to stay out of the sun and now the message may be changing. It's an interesting question from a public health perspective."
Start EXPLORING the Career Development Center in myBucknell:
Go to myBucknell for additional resources.