This semester, the Economics Club of William and Mary was reestablished and on October 26th, proudly hosted its first ever Economics Alumni Panel. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from both our alumni and the students. Our five panelists represented different career fields and industries. This gave the students the opportunity to learn about all the avenues one can pursue with an Economics degree. Attendance varied from seniors graduating looking for job opportunities to freshmen and sophomores unsure about declaring an Economics major.
Carl Tack, our first panelist is now a lecturer of Finance at the London Business School. He pursued his undergraduate degree in Economics and graduated in 1978. Mr. Tack then went on to pursue a career in law, consulting and investing.
Our second panelist, Adam Boltik graduated in 2008 and currently works as a trade policy specialist at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
Michael Taylor, class of 2011 was yet another of our panelists, and currently works as a consultant at Deloitte, specifically in Strategy and Operations. While Allan Beckman, Class of 2005 is an Economist at US Department of labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Karina Beckmann, on the other hand, is also Class of 2005 and a financial planning analyst at a national financial planning firm.
The students got the opportunity to pose questions and share concerns about the job market and career opportunities, and the alumni panel graciously shared advice and their own experiences. The topics of discussion varied from courses that the panelists found to be valuable, to which professors they found inspiring. The last half hour was dedicated to networking over some apple cider, giving the students to opportunity to ask more specialized questions. The feedback from the students was quite enthusiastic so we intend to make this an annual event. On that note, we would like to express our gratitude towards the alumni panelists that participated as well as to those who expressed interest but were unable to make it.
We would also like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Peter Atwater, who was unable to make the Alumni panel, but gave a fascinating lecture on “Mapping moods and Markets” two days prior to the event.