College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Grad Students meet alumni, discuss life after grad school

AREC students and alumni at fall 2017 luncheon

Nine AREC graduate students and four AREC alumni attended the Alumni Luncheon held on December 2nd at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C.

The event is an opportunity for graduate students to speak with alumni who work in a variety of fields. It was organized by third year AREC graduate student Tianqi Gan, the graduate representative for the class.

“This is a really good chance to communicate with previous graduates from our department,” notes Gan. “By chatting with them, you can know more about different types of workplaces, job hunting tips, and life after graduation.”

Alumni who attended the luncheon included Elina Page, Ian Page,Tulika Narayan and Jen He. Elina is an agricultural economist with the United States Department of Agriculture. Ian is an assistant clinical professor with AREC. Narayan is a principal associate with Abt associates for International Economic Growth. There, she created and runs the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Analytics practice. And He is a senior consultant at EY, a global organization formerly known as Ernst & Young.

Andrew Rosenberg, a graduate student, attended the event, and spoke with He about her experiences.

“We discussed different aspects of her job, the job market process and advice about interviews,” said Rosenberg. “She had interviews with universities as well as consulting firms, so it was interesting to hear about the different styles of interviews.”

The event went well according to Rosenberg, and was helpful for preparing to go on the job market, as well as keeping in touch with alumni.

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