Posts Tagged ‘startups’
Last week I posted the first interview in the “You in a Few” series. (There’ll be a few more before the semester ends.) I’m a tech guy, so naturally my first interviewee was a startup founder. I spoke with Jared Hecht, CC ’09, who dropped a Teach for America offer at the last minute to work for Tumblr and eventually found GroupMe. He discussed the pressure to go down more traditional job routes like finance and TFA after graduation and the importance of risk-taking.
The big vs. small company debate is one many of us face when thinking of life after graduation. There are a lot of factors to consider: salary, reputation, perks, hiring, network, and most importantly, the kind of experience you’ll get. More »
Yesterday, Caroline wrote a moving post pointing to the recent undergraduate solidarity regarding the GS Class Day controversy as proof that after years of division and contention between our schools, there is finally unity. It is the culmination of much of what Caroline spent her time writing about, and it’s a result that we can all appreciate.
In the same vein, I’d like to point to a positive sea-change that I have seen this past year, namely the noticeable increase in non-traditional post-graduation employment for the class of 2012. Back in November, I published a lengthy article discussing a problem that many had identified: a disproportionately large amount of Columbia grads have been going into consulting and banking and not other professions. I made the case that startups were a perfect fit for our core-educated minds and that there should be more of an effort on the institutional level to promote this career path.
Two things strike me as I head out the door: More »
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