Career Assistance

Letter from our Program Director on the Importance of Career Services

Greetings -

After spending the earlier part of my career in executive financial, strategic planning, and marketing roles in the telecommunications, financial, and healthcare industries, I moved into higher education ten years ago. During this time, I have worked with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, both domestic and international, representing more than 35 countries across the globe. I ran career centers at two different institutions before arriving at UConn four years ago. I am very proud of both the breadth and depth of career resources we provide to our students, who all bring their unique backgrounds, skills sets, and interests to our exciting Risk Management program. Career services play a critical role in both supporting a positive student experience, and further helping to drive positive outcomes (jobs!) for students post-graduation.

We provide many tools and opportunities for our program’s students to start and advance their careers. In my experience, full student engagement with Career Services has proven to be an important component in a successful internship and job search. Students need to initiate and manage their own process, and treat their entire internship and job search process with consistent and sustained focus from day one. Students should carve out time each week throughout the semester for this important activity, just as they do for their formal academic workload. With our support and guidance a student must himself or herself develop the resume, learn how to network effectively and prepare for interviews. This is how our students must conduct and conclude a job search to become one of our many “Success Stories.”

The challenge of finding a job or internship can be overwhelming, and for our international students it is especially difficult, and we do not promise U.S. jobs to international students. However, we do provide the resources students need.  We have added to our Career Services team over the past year, which includes our on-staff international counselor, Jiajia Chen, and now also features two dedicated and experienced career placement professionals, Jason Gorack and Jennifer Grunwald.

Our strong career services staff, coupled with our program’s delivery of the learning and skills sought by employers, graduate highly effective, motivated, and employable students. And very importantly, we are a STEM-designated program, which to a U.S. employer means that they can generally employ an international student for up to 36 months after graduation…more than twice as long as a student from a non-STEM designated program.

As you’ll read, our students and graduates are joining an increasing number of very respected and recognized companies around the world. To cite just one example, we now have at least eight Risk Management alumni working at Goldman Sachs. We invite all prospective students to review the contents of this section to confirm that our program will meet your career search needs and your goals.

Best wishes.

Peter Bennett

Program Director

Risk Management Programs