What drew you to consulting?
I like that it provides an overarching experience and [combines] different fields. I view consulting as sort of a ‘liberal arts” job so to speak. Similar to the diverse course load at Hamilton, the opportunity to experience different things excites me.
What did the job search look like for you?
My sister went to Hamilton and connected me with a lot of alumni that she knew. One alumna, Grace Passanante ’20, recommended that I apply to AlphaSights for a summer internship and connected me with other employees there. I ended up interning at Harvard Business School’s Talent Acquisition HR department. This internship gave me a unique perspective on the interview process, because I saw the application process from the interviewer’s side. I screened résumés and attended workshops that taught me interviewers also have to practice and find beneficial questions to ask. AlphaSights ended up reaching out to me in August about a job opportunity. I watched Career Center interview videos and used their resources to perfect my résumé. I also found meeting with my career advisor helpful to get a good understanding for applying to jobs.
What are you most looking forward to?
I love meeting new people and chatting, so I’m looking forward to a person-centric job and speaking with people every day. Also, I enjoy the goal-oriented company culture. I am anticipating a lot of tasks, which is great because I love a fast-paced environment. Living in a city is also a major plus.
Alexia Assimakopoulos ’22
Hometown: Belmont, Mass.
High School: Belmont High School
What are your long-term professional goals?
I’m excited to explore a bunch of fields and see what I like and don’t like. Most importantly, I want to remain open to different experiences.
The job search process can be intimidating. What advice would you give other students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people! At first, networking and calling people was daunting to me. I think there’s a stereotype that networking is intense and only for finance, but it’s for everyone. Practice does make perfect; the more networking calls I did the less scary it became. I’d also recommend researching a bit about the person and the company to avoid getting flustered. Not everything is going to go perfectly so the more you prepare the better.