Economics and government double major Tyler Bruneteau ’18 is heading to New York City to work in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs. He spoke with Communications student intern Lynn Kim ’21 about the path that led him there.
1. Can you tell me about your path throughout your time at Hamilton, what you got involved with and how you chose your interests?
I had an idea of what I wanted to do after Hamilton because I was very interested in economics and government, but the open curriculum really allowed me to home in on those interests. I spoke to a lot of juniors and seniors during my freshman year who helped me learn about the different paths I could take and that was very instrumental in guiding me to my current path. I also played hockey during my time at Hamilton and we participated in service events around the campus and in the community. This aspect helped me realize I wanted my profession post-Hamilton to be working with people in some capacity.
2. In what ways did a liberal arts education shape who you are and what you want to pursue after college?
The liberal arts education really allowed me to grow as a person and as an intellectual. I was able to take classes from all disciplines while meeting a diverse group of students and find out what I truly enjoyed. I was also able to improve my ability to analyze information in one class, synthesize it down, and apply it to another class. This type of learning helps transition into any profession and is a very important ability in my opinion.
Majors: Economics and government
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Shattuck-Saint Mary's School
On-campus activities: Men’s hockey captain, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, NESCAC All-Academic team
3. Why did you choose to concentrate in economics and government?
I always had a passion for the markets and economics in general. I even have MarketWatch and a number of other finance websites bookmarked on my computer so I can access them with ease. I chose government because I find the current political climate very fascinating and it is so relevant today. These two concentrations are very intertwined as well so they really play off one another. This allowed me to use much of what I learned in one concentration to help facilitate my learning in the other.
4. What are your plans post-Hamilton? How did you decide on what you wanted to do?
My plans after college are definitely focused on the short term. I was lucky enough to receive an offer to work in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs in New York City, which I accepted. I spoke with so many Hamilton alumni who were more than willing to answer questions and connect me with other people who could also help. After those conversations, I concluded that this role really fit my skillset and was something I was interested in pursuing. My time at Hamilton definitely made this decision possible and a lot easier with the many resources provided by the Career Center, professors, and various alums.