Question: What do a lawyer, a public relations specialist, and a financial adviser all have in common?
Answer: They were all political science majors at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and they are all returning to campus next week to offer career advice.
Are you a political science major who is unsure about what to do after graduation? If so, you won’t want to miss the panel of five alums scheduled to discuss “What Can I Do with my Political Science Degree?” at 7 p.m., Monday, March 31 in the library’s Sanford Room.
The speakers, all of whom graduated with political science degrees, have found successful careers in very diverse fields. They are: Amanda Cortese ’02, a staff attorney with the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society; David Grome ’07, a public relations account executive with Eric Mower and Associates; David Higgins ’74, an assistant internal control officer for the state Department of Environmental Conservation; Joseph Scalero ’89, a Mineola village clerk; and Darrell Upson ’93, a financial adviser at Ameri-Prize.
According to Brandi Ferrara, associate director of career services at HWS, only about half of HWS grads end up working in the field they studied, and having an open mind when thinking about careers is much more important than having a certain major.
Iva Deutchman, professor of political science and coordinator of the event, agrees with the wide applicability of a political science degree.
“What I always find interesting about these panels – and about staying in touch with my former students – is the importance of a good liberal arts education.”
The discussion is sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and the Political Science Department.