Life After Graduation: A View from the Trenches


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      Yesterday, I went to a business Seminar titled "Life after Graduation: A View from the Trenches". The seminar was organized and promoted by The Department of Management ( and The Young Professionals of Greater Lowell (  The first speaker was Taylor Gys, who is now an Accountant at Anstiss & Co. She received his BA in Accounting from Assumption College and is currently working on earning her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University. Craig J. Mackenzie, who is Senior Vice President of Operations at Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, also shared his experiences. He received his BA in Math and a BS in Economics at Syracuse University and an MBA from UMass Lowell.  The last speaker was Heather Makrez, who is the Director of Alumni Relations at UMass Lowell. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMass Lowell.     
      The seminar included presentations by three members of the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell. At the seminar, they shared their experiences upon transitioning from a university setting to the professional world. The speakers shared the lessons that they learned, and are currently learning, throughout their progressions in their careers. Afterward, they answered all of our questions. They intentionally did not spend much time presenting information about themselves before they asked us what we wanted to learn from them. They allowed the majority of class time to be dedicated to answering our questions. This provided more of a seminar atmosphere, which was extremely beneficial for learning.

      The major topics covered during the seminar including tasks to seek employment. This involved information about resumes, professional networking, interviewing, and social networking. Presenters also shared information about their first professional job experiences, and their struggles and successes in continuing their education. What I found most interesting was the topic of managing their careers, which involved social skills, mentors, taking initiative, and career advancement. The professionals advised us to be honest, confident, and professional. This includes showing up on time, dressing appropriately for the occasion, and displaying our best interpersonal and communication skills.

      It was incredibly admirable learning about their transitions into their careers as people in the business world. It was specifically interesting listening to their experiences because they are young (within ten years of attaining their bachelorís degrees) to be so successful in the business world.  It was particularly rewarding that the panelists answered all of our questions. They showed a large amount of enthusiasm toward our attendance and questions. I am very glad that I went to the seminar, because now I have gained knowledge about the reality of becoming a member of the working community that I otherwise would not have gained.


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