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#OneYearOut with Trevor Gant ’18

Trevor Grant '18
Trevor Gant ’18

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Spring 2019 semester by CBE Fellow, Troy Elphinstone ’19 with recent graduate, Trevor Gant ’18.

Troy: Where are you currently employed— How did you hear about this position?

Trevor: CBRE Real Estate Company, LinkedIn

Troy: What do you do on a day to day basis?

Trevor: I provide support to brokers. I am also responsible for preparing proposals, presentations and communication materials. I coordinate the distribution of internal and external marketing information as well as researching possible market opportunities.

Troy: How did Allegheny help prepare you for your current job?

Trevor: My Economics major reduced the learning curve by being able to understand financial documents and data.

Troy: What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

-Put as much time in for networking as you would for a class.
-Keep track of everyone you’ve reached out to and know where your last conversation ended.
-Make it as easy as possible for the other person when networking. Give them all your information up front, tell them what you’re looking for, and work around their schedule.

 

Allegheny Students Learn Real-World Banking & Finance in Cleveland

Allegheny College Students, Faculty and Staff on tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank
Allegheny College Students, Faculty and Staff on tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank

On a brisk January day, Allegheny students attended a banking and finance panel organized by Blue Point Capital Partners, attended a networking lunch, and finished the day with a tour of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank.

Allegheny alumnus Sean Ward ’89, Partner, Blue Point Capital organized a banking panel in Key Tower with Greg Ward ’94, Senior Vice President – Institutional Commercial Real Estate, Huntington National Bank and Stacy Moritz Corbin ’89, Managing Director Syndicated Finance, Key Banc, to share their career journey with students along with information on how they use economic theory and data on a day-by-day basis.  Key Tower colleagues with liberal arts degrees joined the panel to encourage and confirm to Allegheny students that liberal arts graduates are not only highly valued in banking and finance, liberal arts students are in high demand.

The group traveled to a networking lunch with local Allegheny alumni where students were able to get career advice and make life long connections.  After lunch, the group attended a special tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank where students learned a great deal about the history of banking and the role that Federal Reserve Banks play in the banking industry.

Here’s a sample of what students had to say:

“I think the trip was amazing (despite the howling winds in downtown Cleveland), and that others should really look at trips like these in the future. I think it was great for the department to help organize it, and I want to make sure you know I had a great time and felt as if it gave me a lot of insight [into] the real financial world.”

“I really enjoyed the trip to Cleveland.  My favorite part was the lunch and being able to converse with alumni.”

Major City Trips are designed to enable students to travel to a major metropolitan area, visit leading corporations and interact with business leaders.  Students can explore first-hand internship and entry-level opportunities, interview for open positions and meet with successful Allegheny alumni.

Major City Trips are made possible through the generosity of Allegheny Trustee Bruce Thompson ’86, Vice Chairman, Bank of America.

Business with a Mission: Careers in the Non-Profit Sector

Eileen Webb '06 Manager Ernst & Young
     Eileen Webb ’06
     Manager, Ernst & Young

On January 17, the Center for Business and Economics and the Allegheny Gateway will welcome Eileen Gallagher Webb ’06, Manager, Exempt Organization Tax Services at Ernst & Young LLP.  Active in community service during her college career at Allegheny, Eileen will address issues and career choices in the non-profit sector during her Lunchtime Learning talk from 12:20 – 1:15 pm in Quigley Auditorium entitled, “Business with a Mission: Careers in the Non-Profit Sector.” A complimentary lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Eileen will have open office hours with students beginning at 2:15 pm in Pelletier Library, Career Education, room 253.  Check in at the Career Education office to reserve your time slot.  Students with interests in the Davies Leaders program, EL experiences, AmeriCorps VISTA, alternative spring break  and other civic engagement opportunities provided by the Gateway should take advantage of these opportunities to meet with this alumna whose participation in these programs led her to opportunities in the non-profit community.

Eileen Gallagher Webb

Eileen is a tax manager in Ernst and Young’s Pittsburgh office and a member of the national Exempt Organization Tax Services team. Eileen has over ten years of experience working with various types of tax-exempt organizations including large health care systems and other health care organizations, community development financial institutions, education, and other community and charitable organizations.

Eileen provides tax compliance and advisory services to tax-exempt organizations related to a variety of matters including federal, state and local tax compliance; unrelated business income identification and reporting; application for tax-exempt status; change in public charity status; application for state sales tax exemption; international tax; tax due diligence; and issues related to compliance with Section 501(r) and Affordable Care Act provisions. Prior to EY, Eileen worked at a community development financial institution in Pittsburgh. Eileen received a BA in Economics from Allegheny College and an MBA from Brandeis University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

#OneYearOut with Margo Birol ’18

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow, Emma Black ’20 with recent graduate, Margo Birol ’18.

Margo Birol ’18

Emma: Where are you’re currently employed— How did you hear about this position?

Margo: Currently, I work at UPMC as a financial analyst within the Finance Management Rotational Program. I heard about this opportunity through another alum, as well as on campus recruiting.

Emma: What do you do on a day to day basis?

Margo: My team supports two hospitals through a series of routine reports that offer insight into revenue drivers and cost productivity. Additionally, we provide ad hoc reports to our operational partners to help them make informed decisions. We are in the process of getting ready to budget for the 2019 calendar year.

Emma: How did Allegheny help prepare you for your current job?

Margo: In short, Allegheny taught me how to learn. While I learned a lot about Economics at school, I also learned how to think about the bigger picture and consider the impact of my work. Through my various classes, I learned how to think analytically and balance multiple assignments at once. My professors encouraged me to dive deeper into the work I was doing and ask questions when necessary.

Emma: What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

Margo: My biggest piece of advice would be to remain open-minded and be proactive during the internship and job search. Additionally, utilize the strong alumni network. A lot of doors will open, so don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone for an opportunity.

#OneYearOut with Daniel Buker ’17

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow, Jack Goodman ’19 with recent graduate, Daniel Buker ’17

Daniel Buker ’17

Jack: Where are you employed? How did you hear about this position?

Daniel: I am currently employed at Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc., a small biotechnology company in Pittsburgh, PA that focuses on developing a novel pharmaceutical product for treating various eye-related conditions. Sometimes finding jobs right out of college can be difficult without connections/assistance, so I used several job placement firms to help point me in the right direction. I heard about Noveome through one of the placement companies I had been in contact with and soon found out that the headhunter who was helping me was also an Allegheny graduate. The Allegheny alumni network is surprisingly vast and an incredible tool for finding new positions.

Jack: What do you do on a day to day basis?

Daniel: What I enjoy most about working for a small, start-up level company is that I do not do the same one thing every day. I am mostly involved in biological manufacturing, so when we are in the process of manufacturing our pharmaceutical product, my primary daily responsibilities include monitoring our cell cultures, maintaining equipment/facilities, and collecting/filtering our final product. In addition, I am involved in research and process development experiments geared towards improving our processes and finding new uses for our product. On any given day, I split my time between working in our wet lab, clean room facility, and general office space.

Jack: How did Allegheny help you prepare for your current job?

Daniel: I was lucky enough to find a profession that fits my educational experience very well. I have been able to use and improve upon many of the laboratory-based techniques I learned during my time at Allegheny. That being said, I think the most important skill I gained from Allegheny’s demanding curriculum and lofty expectations was the ability to learn new material quickly. Any job in any field will require you to gain new skills and knowledge as you advance your career. Being able/willing to learn new techniques, skills, concepts, etc. at a quick pace is a huge advantage in the workplace.

Jack: What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

Daniel: I think the best advice I could give to students would be to find a good balance between school work and your social life. I have had the opportunity to interview candidates for some of our job offerings and can say that while grades are important, we care just as much about how involved you are outside of the classroom. Most jobs involve working as a team and it is incredibly important to be able to mesh well with your colleagues. So focus on school, but do not forget to go out, meet new people, and have fun also

#OneYearOut with Shane Pentland ’18

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow,  Trevor Day ’20 with recent graduate, Shane Pentland ’18.

Shane Pentland ’18

Trevor:  Where are you currently employed?How did you hear about this position?

Shane:  Shortly after graduation, I began working at PNC as a Regional Branch Sales and Service Representative. I found out about this position through a friend, I applied and interviewed for the position.

Trevor:  What do you do on a day to day basis?

Shane:  On a day to day basis, I work with PNC customers in the North Hills region of Pittsburgh. I identify opportunities to explore retail banking products and services. I connect with our customers to build and develop relationships to better understand our client’s needs.

Trevor: How did Allegheny help prepare you for your current job?

Shane: Allegheny prepared me by teaching me how to balance class and extracurricular activities. I use what I have learned while trying to balance my every day. You hear it often, but the best thing about Allegheny is that it teaches you to learn. Allegheny taught me how to lead others and make the tough decisions, even when it doesn’t seem right. Also, the comp was a great way to refine my stats knowledge before having to use it every day.

Trevor:  What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

Shane: My advice to current students would be to try new things and figure out your passion in life. There are a million things you can do in this world, so it is important to figure out what you want to do. Don’t be afraid of what life will throw at you, you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

#OneYearOut Interview with Nick DiBucci ’18

Nick DiBucci ’18

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow,  Troy Elphinstone ’19 with recent graduate, Nick DiBucci ’18.

Troy:  Where are you currently employed? — How did you hear about this position?

Nick:  Bank of New York Mellon- My friend who works here told me about the position/program.

Troy:  What do you do on a day to day basis?

Nick:  I specifically work in Global Proxy Voting as an analyst in the CSD Campus Analyst Program (In simple terms: Placing shareholder votes for people who cannot attend the shareholder meetings). I am in charge of the way we are billed by different markets from a proxy service we use called Broadridge which involves moving different currencies from suspense accounts into general ledgers.

I work on Spanish Premiums (Calculating and distributing funds to shareholders who vote in shareholder meetings in Spain). I get to work with 3rd party proxy voting vendors like ISS and Glass Lewis to find missing ballots and find reasons why client shares were not voted upon, which involves calculating the number of shares on record and using market specific voting laws to find out why the client did not get to vote in the meeting.

Then I work on the Campus Analyst program’s goals which is process improvement and using technology to make the bank more cost efficient. This involves getting the Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification by working on a 3 month long automation project that will make the bank more efficient in the ways of cost, risk, and productivity. Also, I have to run data analytics like regressions to find root problems and poor tendencies with my departments financial and productivity reports to reduce risk in my department.

Troy:  How did Allegheny help prepare you for your current job?

Nick:  It prepared me by always keeping me very busy and teaching me how to balance class, sports, and my company. I use what I have learned while trying to balance my everyday job and the automation projects that I am in charge of for the program. Also, the comp was a great way to refine my stats knowledge before having to use it every day.

Troy:  What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

Nick:  Be curious—learn a skill, master it, and move onto the next one.

#OneYearOut Interview with Emma Dimattio ’18

Emma DiMatteo
Emma DiMatteo ’18

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow,  Emma Black ’20 with recent graduate, Emma DiMattio ’18.

Emma B: Where are you currently employed? — How did you hear about this position?

Emma D: Shortly after graduation, I began working at UPMC in Talent Acquisition. I found out about this position through a network connection I made at the UPMC All Access Day I went to, with the Economics Department. In the Spring, I ran into this same woman at the WestPACS job fair. She and I later discussed my interests and she got me in contact with a recruiter in TA. I interviewed for the position and accepted the job before graduation.

Emma B: What do you do on a day to day basis?

Emma D: On a day to day basis, I review applications, source for and reach out to potential applicants, conduct phone screens, help prepare for events, and assist the recruiters on our team as needed.

Emma B: How did Allegheny help prepare you for your current job?

Emma D: Allegheny taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever could have imagined, which has inevitably helped me in my current role. Because of this, I am always willing to take on more and challenge myself.

Emma B: What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

My advice to current students would be to always present yourselves in a way that exemplifies your strengths because you never know who you will meet or who will see these actions, and what they could do to help you in the future.

#OneYearOut Interview with Patrick Donathen ’17

This interview is one of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Business and Economics Fellows with recent Business & Economics graduates about life after graduation.

This interview was conducted during the Fall 2018 semester by CBE Fellow, Jack Goodman ’19 with recent graduate, Patrick Donathen ’17.

Patrick Donathen '18
Patrick Donathen ’17

Jack:  Where are you currently employed? How did you hear about this position?

Patrick: I am a current first year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Between undergraduate and law school, I worked as an Operations Analyst at BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. During my senior year at Allegheny, I applied to many positions at BNY and was actually rejected from all of them. However, at that time, the bank was beginning a new management development program, HR saw my resume in their job application system, liked it, and cold called me about the position. I got my first job offer through luck and persistence.

Jack: What do you do on a day to day basis?

As an analyst, I worked on a six person team in Derivatives. I was a work-flow leader responsible for ensuring all collateral trades were processed daily. I approved client and broker security trades and cash wires up to $100 million before market deadlines. I reconciled and corrected accounting breaks for real time client records. I also monitored my team’s group mailbox, responding to all internal inquiries about collateral processing. On top of that, I worked towards earning my Six Sigma Greenbelt. This was my favorite part as I was able to leverage my data analytics skills learned in the Economics Department to solve real-world problems and was given an opportunity to present my results to high level managers.

Jack: How did Allegheny help prepare for your current job?

Patrick: My biggest take away from Allegheny was the ability to think. In the business world, nothing is static, the world is constantly changing. To succeed, you have to be able to learn on the job, adapt to an ever changing world, and challenge the status quo. A liberal arts degree taught me the thinking and analytical skills needed to thrive is this kind of environment.

Jack: What advice would you give to current Allegheny students?

Patrick: Do not get discouraged from the stream of internship or job application rejections. It happens to all of us. I applied to thirty positions my senior year of college and only made it to four interviews. That being said, be persistent and do not give up on yourself. All it takes is for one person to give you an opportunity. When you get that opportunity, give it your all and leverage that into a stepping stone of where you want to go. I’m very proud of my alma mater and believe Allegheny makes us competitive with the best of the best.

A Roadmap for Careers in Business and Economics

A Roadmap for Careers in Business and EconomicsThursday November 15, 12-15 – 1:15 pm
Quigley Auditorium, lunch provided

How do you go about taking charge of your future?

Attend this Lunchtime Learning as Chris Allison ’83, Entrepreneur in Residence provides his unique insights on how to make the most of your Allegheny College studies and move into that critical first job or the graduate school of your choice after graduation.

Chris Allison ’83 Entrepreneur in Residence and Co-Director, Allegheny College Center for Business and Economics

Professor Allison is the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Tollgrade Communications Inc. He is both Entrepreneur in Residence and  the Co-Director of the Center for Business & Economics.  A published author  of two books and multiple articles in the Pittsburgh media, his teaching and research interests include Managerial Economics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Investing Theory, Writing and Public Speaking.