Consistently, students credit their time at Stevens with preparing them for the next step. Whether it be a challenging class, an inspiring professor, leadership experience in an organization, or exposure to professional, real-world opportunities, students always can cite something formative.
“Standing in the front of a classroom for my first big presentation and doing terribly,” said Stevens senior Elizabeth Martin '13 when asked about her stand-out moment. “Since then, I have done everything possible to make sure I never feel like that again whether it be for another presentation, an exam, or an interview. Being prepared and confident is so important to being successful.”
Martin will graduate in May with a degree in Business & Technology and a minor in Quantitative Finance. She received two job offers before accepting a position with Ernst & Young (E&Y), where she will work in the Technology Advisory Program (TAP) for their Financial Services Office.
“Essentially what I will be doing is technology consulting, visiting different client sites,” Martin explains. “There were a number of factors that made the choice to work for E&Y an easy one. Not to mention the position marries my academic areas of expertise perfectly, placing me within the finance industry but working with technology to optimize business processes.”
The Office of Career Development worked with Martin on building her resume and helping her discover the direction she’d like to take with her career. She says together they made a list of companies to explore and the Office provided guidance on how to land interviews with these organizations. Despite interviewing with several companies, Martin knew right away that Ernst & Young was somewhere she could see herself starting her career.
From Smithtown, N.Y., Martin was on the Stevens women’s lacrosse team and a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. She participated in two internships, working first at TIAA-CREF on their pension product transformation effort and the following summer at BlackRock Solutions, a division of BlackRock.
“The B&T program provided a great foundation for me, giving me a technology background with a very specific interest – like finance,” Martin said. “The Office of Career Development is so supportive; I think they were just as excited as I was when I got my offer! It feels really good to know people genuinely care about me succeeding.”
While Martin is excited for her next step, she’s good taking it one step at a time.
“I really have no idea where I see my career heading, which is perfect for me right now. It’s exciting. I’m just looking forward to seizing opportunities as they come.”