Pre-Career

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The Kirkland Pre-Career Tutors are excited to get to know you and support you. We want to work with you to discover how to apply your skills and interests to a variety of fields. We volunteered for this position for different reasons: we have been inspired by our mentors, we have had good and bad experiences we hope you can learn from, or simply because we enjoy helping college students. No matter where you are in your career journey, we are here to help you get set up for success.

Kirkland's 2020-21 Pre-Career Resident Tutors: Stefan Rajkovic (coordinator), Lumumba Seegars, Jaim Coddington

Services We Provide:
We are happy to...

  • Listen to what’s important to you and help you explore your interests
  • Help you start a job search
  • Provide feedback for your resumes and cover letters
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Introduce you to colleagues, professors, or firms we know
  • Help you apply to MBA or doctoral programs in business
  • Direct you to other resources on and off campus

 

How to get in touch:
We are here to assist you -- it’s our job! Please let us know how we can help and how we’re doing. To get in touch with use:

  • Find us at our weekly office hours (Sunday at 8pm in the dining hall)
  • Come to any of our special events and sessions (look for our emails on the Kirkland listserve)
  • Reach out via email to set up coffee or a meal with anyone on the team

 

Kirkland's 2019-20 Pre-Career Non-Resident Tutors:
(To contact the Non-Resident Tutors, ask Stefan, Lumumba, or Jaim to connect you)

Raja Ghawi: Raja is a Venture Capitalist spearheading an early and growth stage fund at Suffolk Construction. Raja joined Suffolk in early 2018 to work on data and analytics projects. There,  he led the development of the first data lake in the construction industry and oversaw an innovation pipline of 100 startup pilots. Prior to Suffolk, Raja was a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company's Boston office where he worked on strategy, M&A, and advanced analytics projects. Raja graduated from Kirkland in 2015 with a degree in Bioengineering. While at the College, he split his time between doing tissue engineering research, leading the Harvard Society of Arab Students (SAS), and spending way too long in the Kirkland DHall chatting with friends and eating brain-break bagels as he procrastinated essays and psets. Raja was born and raised in Syria where he attended high school, and spent his junior summer interning at McKinsey's Dubai office. He is happy to talk about venture capital, consulting, advanced analytics in the business world, and international opportunities.

Aticus Peterson: Aticus is a PhD student at Harvard Business School studying venture capital and entrepreneurship. A Kirkland alum, he graduated from Harvard in applied math in 2016. Aticus worked in consulting at BCG (on energy and nonprofit projects) and then in venture capital at Rose Park Advisors, a specialized investment firm that applies the theory of disruptive innovation developed by co-founder Clayton Christensen to invest in companies whose business models are well-suited to take advantage of industry change. He has also spent time living and working abroad in Taiwan and Beijing.
Yasmin Siraj Yasmin Siraj: Yasmin is a management consultant focusing in healthcare and lifesciences. She graduated from Harvard College in 2018 as a proud resident of Kirkland. Yasmin concentrated in Molecular and Cellular biology, completed the premed track, and earned a French Language Citation. Throughout her undergrad years she performed synthetic biology research at HMS, served on the executive board of HUWIB, and competed on the U.S. Team for Figure Skating. Yasmin is happy to talk about life in Kirkland, her home for three years, consulting, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and lifesciences!
Jen Tutak Jen Tutak: Jen graduated with a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School while concurrently pursuing her Master of Business Administration in a dual degree program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also holds a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her long-term interest lies at the intersection of business, government, and education. Jen is now a management consultant focusing on public sector/higher education work, notably helping improve undergraduate college completion rates. Have previously served as a proctor during her graduate studies at Harvard, Jen is thrilled to be continuing as a non-resident tutor at Kirkland!
Adam Palay Adam Palay: Adam is pursuing a joint MS/MBA degree at SEAS and HBS. He is a proud Kirkland House alum (2011!) and former English concentrator who has enjoyed a career in tech despite never taking CS50. His first worked at edX (the nonprofit online course provider founded by Harvard and MIT) as a software engineer, team lead, and then team coach. After edX, he joined Etsy as an engineering manager before returning to Harvard this fall. He's very excited to help Kirklanders figure out the first steps in their careers, whether it's about pursuing tech from a nontraditional background, working at nonprofits, going to business school, or helping you imagine whatever your unique path will be.
On-Campus Resources:
There are many Harvard resources in place to help you find internships and jobs. It is helpful to get a sense of what the different on-campus centers and professional schools provide. They all have websites and many of the centers also have professional counselors available to speak with you on a daily basis.
  • Office of Career Services (OCS) has a wealth of information and resources for US and international opportunities – familiarize yourself with all of their offerings and counselors
  • Academic & Campus Interview Program Calendar (OCS) has important dates associated with on-campus recruiting
  • Institute of Politics (IOP) supports many students activities and is your first stop if you are interested in public sector and policy opportunities
  • Office of International Education (OIE) has funding for international travel and internships; they also have many knowledgeable counselors
  • Harvard Professional Schools and Centers that offer great paid and unpaid internships, grants, fellowships, and jobs. Here are just a few:
    • HBS Research Associate Program has fantastic positions if you’re interested in doing more research or gaining experience before going to industry or academia (pay is comparable to some consulting firms)
    • HBS 2+2 Program for college seniors interested in doing an MBA after two years of work experience
    • Harvard Kennedy School has great internship opportunities and fellowships through their many centers
  • Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College has wonderful resource guides, a job database, and knowledgeable counselors to help you
  • Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab)

Pre-Professional Organizations/Clubs help you get hands-on experience with peers and great mentors; here are some highlights to keep in mind:

Using Your Network:
  • Your fellow Kirkland students are a rich source of contacts and information. We often find ourselves talking to a senior who had an awesome internship doing exactly the kind of work that a current Kirkland sophomore is interested in. Talk to others in the House!
  • Kirkland Tutors
  • Alumni (especially Kirkland alumni)
    • Check out Kirkland Compass to search for Kirkland alumni who are interested in networking with students.
  • Crimson Compass Alumni Database
  • Harvard Clubs
  • Professors often need research assistants or can connect you with their colleagues or former students; a recommendation by one of your professors can open many doors
  • Family and friends know you best; make sure to let them know your interests so that you have a team helping you find opportunities
  • Go to conferences and talks in your field of interest; there are many at Harvard, MIT, BU, and in the Boston area
  • LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals
  • Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (YEi) is a networking and mentoring website for people who want to set up technology ventures in France
  • Harvard Alumni Entrepeneurs a global network of Harvard alumni entrepreneurs focused on advising, mentoring, and support

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