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How I Landed a Job at Wayfair


Katherine Bauer '18
Katherine Bauer '18

Going into senior year at Hamilton, I had no idea what I wanted to do post grad. As an economics major, a lot of my classmates had finance jobs lined up and knew exactly what they wanted to do and where they wanted to be. During my junior year I participated in the New York City program, and had an internship working in asset management. I really enjoyed my role and learned a lot so I returned to the same company during my junior summer. After the summer, I decided that this wasn’t what I wanted to pursue, so I was back to square one.

In the fall of my senior year, I visited the career center often, and began to network externally. I spoke with alums in several different industries, just trying to figure out what sounded interesting to me. It was really helpful to hear recent alums’ perspectives on the job search and their current roles.

I didn’t know if I wanted to be in Boston or New York City, so I began applying to roles in both cities. I had a few interviews throughout the fall, and landed a job at Wayfair in Boston in November 2017.

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I took a few months off after graduation, and began working at Wayfair in August of this year. Thinking I was joining the supply chain and logistics team, I was definitely surprised when I arrived at work on my first day and found out that I was going to be on the Quality Assurance team. I came into this position with an open mind, knowing that it was just a first job out of college, and not a forever thing. I adapted quickly to this change, because I realized that a first job out of college is never going to be what is expected. In this role, I have learned a ton about Wayfair as a company, and gained the skills to adapt to the dynamic nature of the company.

The culture at Wayfair is awesome with a very fun and young environment. This made for a more seamless transition from college to the “real world”. There were over 250 campus hires that began this summer with me. Although I have only been working for 3 months, I feel like I am really a part of the company, and am excited to see what comes next.

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