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Hadley Rosen - B.S. '02, Finalsite, Glastonbury, CT

Job title and number of years at current position
Marketing and Communication Manager at Finalsite, a web design and web software company. I have been in my position for three years in January 2016. 
Job duties and description of what a normal day is like
The average day might find me creating and editing copy of all kinds for ads, landing pages, brochures, web content, and presentations; planning events like our annual user conference; drafting documents to help shape the positioning and messaging around Finalsite’s software and services; and working with the marketing team on a long term project, like a drip campaign to target new leads in a specific market sector. 
How did your experience as a Resource Economics graduate assist you in your current position?
I can honestly say that I use skills that I learned as a Resource Economics undergrad in my work every day.  I was challenged in Dr. Lopez’s marketing and futures class to study marketing case studies and work in groups to try to win the most (imaginary) money in a futures trading exercise. Dr. Altobello’s “W” classes were tough, but the process of figuring out how to write a lengthy research paper and make it interesting helped me develop skills I use in creating requests for proposals and technical documents. And, Dr. Lee taught me some very useful Excel skills and accounting basics that help me figure out budgets and save me time.
Additionally, Finalsite has clients in 60+ countries, so the global perspective I gained in Resource Economics has helped me immensely—not only did I learn some economic geography, but I also might be able to recall a few facts about a country’s economic history or environmental challenges. I discovered how passionate I am about learning about global issues and interacting with people from all over the world. Resource Economics taught me how to write and communicate clearly on sometimes technical subjects, think critically, and work with others who might not be exactly like me or share my viewpoints. It was a great foundation for me and I’m grateful.  
Do you have any advice for current students as they embark on their job search?
Start making connections early and try to do an internship or two before you graduate. It seems unfair that many employers want recent grads to have an impressive resume, but we all know that the job market is competitive. Internships are a great way to find out what you like to do, and what you don’t, and build up those resume entries. Use the free resource of UConn’s career and internship services to help you, the people there are really wonderful! They will help you create and shape your resume and search for and hopefully find an internship.  
And, befriend your Resource Economics advisor. They are there for you, and if you make an effort to get to know them, they’ll be a great ally for you in your academic career and beyond! 

Kendall Erskine — B.S. ’11, New Benefits, Dallas, TX

Job title and number of years at current position:
I am the Marketing Communications Manager at New Benefits. I have been with the company since September 26, 2011 and spent my first 2.5 years as a Marketing Strategist.

Job duties and a description of what a normal day is like:
I am responsible for managing the marketing resources available to our clients and promoting those resources through collaborative relationships, innovative training and proactive creation of new marketing materials. Working closely with our ad agency, I assist in the development of marketing plans for our corporate brands. My favorite part about my job is that no two days are quite alike. I am often on the phone with clients, ensuring they have everything they need from a marketing perspective. I also meet regularly with our ad agency to keep projects moving. I promote New Benefits through social media channels, so I am often on LinkedIn and Twitter seeking opportunities to connect with a new customer.    

How does your experience as a Resource Economics graduate assist you in your current position?
I attribute my basic business knowledge to the classes I took as an ARE major. My favorite class, Food Policy, may seem like it has nothing to do with my current job, but it taught me how to think differently. In Food Policy, we analyzed agricultural laws and it opened my eyes to so many scary issues I never knew about, because I never thought to ask. This is a vital business lesson -- never accept something (a policy, process, marketing tool) just because it has always existed. You need to be confident enough to ask “why?” because you could end up stimulating a conversation about a process that needs an overhaul or a marketing tool that needs to be updated.

Do you have any advice for current students as they embark on their job search?
Get involved. Get to know your professors and ask them for help. If your advisor isn’t helpful, get a new one or find your own in the ARE department. Join clubs and groups on campus. The more activities you do, the more people you’ll meet and the more enriched your experience will be. You will draw on these experiences when looking for a job at the right company.

Christopher Hopkins — B.S. ’12, Albourne Partners Ltd., Rowayton, CT

Job title and number of years at current position:
I am a Client Account Manager for Albourne Partners Ltd., an Alternative Investment consultant who helps advises investors on Hedge Fund, Private Equity , Real Asset and Real Estate investments.

Job duties and a description of what a normal day is like:
My job truly varies from day-to-day, but it largely focuses on assisting my clients with maintaining their portfolio of current investments, or looking for new funds to invest in. Our small company has the largest database of its kind, and currently advises on over $300Bn in Alternative Investments, the largest amount of its competitors. I manage between 15-20 clients, who range from small family offices, to some of the largest pensions in the world. This gives me the opportunity to speak with CIOs, COOs, Risk Managers, and Analysts, which has really opened me up to the world of Alternatives and shown me how fascinating it can be.
In addition to my day-to-day responsibilities, I have also taken on additional projects assisting in other areas of company, such as working in our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing team. Currently, we are working on providing the ability for our clients to evaluate their current or prospective Alternative Investments as they pertain to ESG factors. Many investors are now incorporating this into their investing framework, and our aim is to provide this service as part of our consulting work.

How does your experience as a Resource Economics graduate assist you in your current position?
My degree has largely helped me when working with our ESG group, as well as understanding our Real Assets business. Our Real Assets business focuses on analyzing Hedge Fund and Private Equity managers who invest in commodities, energy, infrastructure, and agriculture all over the world.. In addition, the business management side of the program has greatly helped me since I work in such a small company. This has allowed me to take on certain projects and help develop growing areas of the company. The numerous group projects we did in our classes have really prepared me for working with different types of people, but also taught me how to manage workflows and people, which have become increasingly important.

Do you have any advice for current students as they embark on their job search?
Internships are incredibly important; get them and get them early. Never stop applying (even when you have an interview lined up) and don’t let unanswered emails and applications get you down. Don't set your sights on one industry, company, government organization, or firm. Its important to cast a wide net, and you will be happy if you end up liking a place you would have ruled out otherwise. Lastly, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call a potential employer. It’s important to put yourself out there, and hearing a confident voice on the other end will help the employer gain more comfort with you.
Aaron Miller — B.S. ’12, Travelers, Hartford, CT

Job title and number of years at current position:
I am currently a Pricing Analyst within the Product Pricing Development Program at Travelers. I have been with the Company since January 2013. I interned the summer of ’12 as a part of Travelers Personal Insurance Risk Management team.

Job duties and a description of what a normal day is like:
One of the most common projects I take on is the compilation of Rate Filings for submission to the Department of Insurance (DOI). This is a very analytical process involving a great deal of data. I spend a good deal of the day working with data to determine how rates should be altered. In addition to rate filings, I have worked on projects ranging from Research & Development, Claims Analytics and Risk Management. As a part of Pricing Support Team, I am exposed to many different areas of the company, including, but not limited to, Finance, Actuarial, Risk Management, Reserving, Research & Development, Operations, and Marketing.

How does your experience as a Resource Economics graduate assist you in your current position?
Several Resource Economics courses have prepared me for the job that I have today. Applied Resource Economics provided a solid quantitative and analytical base and has helped me apply econometric theory to the insurance sector. Business Finance, Marketing and Consumer Behavior, The Essentials of Accounting and Business and Business Management have all been critical to strengthening my business acumen.

Do you have any advice for current students as they embark on their job search?
It is critical to secure an internship your sophomore or junior year, that way you have experience that adds to your personal portfolio and improves your candidacy for full time jobs. If you are interested in a job in financial services and insurance it is paramount to be literate and comfortable with Microsoft Excel. Learning other business software such as Microsoft Access will also improve your attractiveness to employers. It is important to have a technical and analytical edge in today’s business world and Resource economics can help you build a solid analytical and quantitative foundation.

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