Nick Huang '19 is a chemical engineering major who enjoys problem-solving. But he's also drawn to the the relationship-building side of business.
To navigate toward a career that will match his interests, personality and professional goals, Huang often enlists the help of Bucknell's Career Development Center (CDC), where he has found campus-wide events, personal guidance and alumni connections that led him to a summer internship in Manhattan with London-based brokerage firm Redburn.
Find Your Path
"The staff at the CDC are really helpful and friendly," said Huang, a resident of Glen Rock, Pa., who considers himself a motivated, independent learner after several years of homeschooling before attendance at a private high school. "For me, sophomore year at Bucknell was about finding out different roles in banking and finance, and the CDC helped me sort that out."
Huang was among about 700 students who attended the CDC's fall Employer Expo, which annually brings more than 100 employers to campus to meet with students. He's also taken part in three New York City Finance Fairs, which enable students to meet with professionals working in different aspects of banking and finance.
"It's unique that Bucknell is able to bring students to financial firms where they can meet alumni and get the word about careers right from the source," Huang said. "You get to mingle and talk about opportunities at big banks and smaller firms."
Laying a Foundation for Success
Alex Lord '18, who majored in global management with a minor in Spanish, said the CDC was instrumental in helping him land his first post-graduation job as a management consulting analyst with Accenture Federal Services in Arlington, Va.
"The CDC's events helped me learn to talk about myself in a professional setting," said Lord, who first made contact with Accenture at CDC-sponsored career expos.
"Those conversations laid a foundation for me," he added. "It was important to attend and show that I was interested in working for them, and let them know what skills I could bring. I'm still in contact with the recruiter I met at the career fair."
Lord was also a member of the Freeman College of Management's Student Advisory Board and served on a subcommittee that collaborated with the CDC, an opportunity that helped to familiarize him with the center's resources.
"There are so many options available," Lord said. "All students need to do is reach out and talk to a counselor."
As an intern with the CDC, Caroline Guthrie '20, a political science and Spanish major, has helped alumni with career searches, reviewed resumes and worked on development of a CDC webinar series.
"It's great to work at the CDC, talking with alumni and networking that way," she said. "It's really motivated me to apply for internships and set career goals."
Guthrie, a resident of Albany, N.Y., noted that she was one of six Bucknell students selected for the CDC's 2018 Capitol Hill Internship program. Guthrie was placed with a New York legislator's office and worked in Washington, D.C., as a press intern.
"It was amazing," she said, explaining that the experience matched her combined interests in journalism and politics. "It's such an interesting time to be involved in politics."
As Huang prepares for graduation, he said he's grateful for the CDC's assistance, which has given him added confidence about his future.
"The coaching and practice I've gotten through CDC events and one-on-one interviews has made me more comfortable when talking with people," he said. "I think I've done as much as I can to prepare."