HarvardOCS

Harvard FAS Office of Career Services

Where will you be next year? 
New York City

What will you be doing?
Working for Goldman Sachs

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
It is the relationships you build in your time at Harvard that you will carry forward. Do not be afraid of time flying by quickly as that is an indication you are making the most of it; learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.

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What will you be doing?
I’ll be a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Missionary working to invite kids into a deeper relationship with Christ. I’ll be fundraising my entire salary, and while I don’t know where I’ll be yet, it will be at one of 100 campuses in the United States that FOCUS will be present at next year (up from 83 today).

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
My advice to Harvard undergraduates is make sure you balance your time. Do great things but also do silly things. Participate in activities that are service oriented and do things that are Hobby oriented, in that you do them for the sake of building virtue in your very act of doing them. And don’t let yourself get burned out by doing too much. You can always take on more things, but it’s really hard to back away from commitments you’ve already made. And most importantly, make a commitment to explore your beliefs and your religion. Commit to finding truth and working to share that. “Doing good” doesn’t accomplish anything if it it doesn’t actually align with what is true, so figure that out!

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Where will you be next year? 
Santa Clara, California

What will you be doing?
Working at Nvidia Corporation, as a hardware engineer

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Don’t worry too much about life after college - just enjoy college now, take adventures, and don’t be afraid to do something new!

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Where will you be next year? 
New Haven, Connecticut

What will you be doing?
Pursuing an MD degree at Yale School of Medicine

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Treasure your friendships. Try to be less individualistic and gain social consciousness if you haven’t already. Acknowledge your privilege(s) and work towards leaving Harvard a better place than when you arrived.

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Where will you be next year? 
San Francisco, California

What will you be doing?
Working with McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
My advice to undergrads is not to take things too easy at Harvard and make sure you’re constantly taking advantage of all the opportunities available, because four years pass by so fast, and if you’re not careful you’ll be at the end of your college career and realize you didn’t set yourself up as well as you could have.

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Where will you be next year? 
The Dominican Republic

What will you be doing?
Working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in education

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
If I could give any advice to undergraduates, it would be to study abroad! I studied abroad in Morocco and it completely changed my life. I met the most incredible people (both American and Moroccan), I saw beautiful sights, ate delicious food, and learned more in one semester than I had in my whole life. Most important, Harvard College offers significant funding for study abroad—what are you waiting for?

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Where will you be next year? 
Atlanta, Georgia

What will you be doing?
Investment Analyst at Reicon Capital

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Visit the Office of Career Services as soon as possible and many times. Also: be in close contact with advisers to get ahead on recruiting and planning your college classes so they cater to your interests/goals.

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Where will you be next year? 
Back home in Denver, Colorado

What will you be doing?
Teaching 5th grade in a K-8 charter school through Teach For America

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
The advice I would offer to Harvard undergraduates is to not be afraid. This means to take risks in what classes you take, by speaking up in class despite being shy or unsure, and to not be afraid to question what happens here at Harvard through the classes, in dorms, and overall. Be bold and wise enough to question what you see and hear rather than being complacent. Harvard is a phenomenal place, but can only get better by supporting and challenging others to improve - this includes challenging yourself! 

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Where will you be next year? 
Cadiz, Spain, through the Michael C. Rockefeller Fellowship

What will you be doing?
Practicing Spanish, studying flamenco dance, and setting up dance therapy programs at local rehab centers; planning to attend medical school

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Take risks: don’t assume you won’t get an opportunity because you’re not qualified enough. Believe in yourself: you got into Harvard!

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Arts & Museums Fellow: Jinzhao Wang

Having immigrated with my parents to Boston from Nanjing, China, at the age of thirteen, I recall one of my father’s favorite facts: that the first thing that he—a Chinese country boy—read about Boston was not on its universities or sports teams but its symphony orchestras.

So it is with this distance that my family has come in mind that I have appreciated every hour of my internship enabled by the OCS Arts and Museums Fellows Program at the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), which is America’s oldest performing arts organization. I am grateful for this opportunity because it has opened up new possibilities for not only my career but also for future cultural exchanges between China and America, in which I hope to take a part.

On the front-end of my internship, I have witnessed the power of classical performing arts in bringing joy to its audience. From being asked about release dates for CDs of concerts audience members were just watching in an H+H concert, to hearing proud grandparents sharing their excitement for their grandchildren’s performances with H+H in a Collaboration Youth Concert, I feel even more encouraged to involve myself in culturally enriching groups.

On the back-end, I have found out that H+H’s organizational energy dwells in each of its staff member’s dedication to every detail in each operation of H+H as a non-profit. As an intern, I have worked with databases of donors’ information, merged letters sent to patrons, stuffed envelopes using stuffing machines, and helped to spot bids during live auctions. But none of these tasks could nearly match the moving commitment of my supervisor, who under high pressure, still manages to keep the online and offline records of H+H organized.

Even not at H+H, I enjoy the internship because each trip to and fro H+H allows me to pass by familiar places in the neighborhood, including my high school. So I guess it is a testament to the beauty of the advice “follow your heart,” because our favorite things become so surprisingly connected this way.

Jinzhao Wang '14
Arts & Museum Fellows Program
Handel & Haydn Society

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When we think of “bouncing back,” we usually of think of sports. But failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. It happens at work. It happens with relationships. What is the relationship between trying, risking, and succeeding? At a recent panel, Tommy Amaker, Jon Dienstag ‘05, and Jessica Gelman ‘97, MBA ‘02, shared their expert tips on how to deal with failure and come back stronger than before:

There’s always a lesson in the loss.

Sometimes your greatest rejection can lead to your best direction. Don’t just walk away from failure, but think about why it happened and how you can use it as ammunition in the future.

Change tactics, but don’t change principles.

Recognize that you might have to change the way you do something in order to get the desired result, but make sure you do not compromise your vision or values.

Your team is important.

You need to be able to have confidence in those on your team. Working together is crucial, and being able to rely on your teammates is often crucial to success. Invest in your team. Stay loyal to them.

Listen to the criticism.

Be open and willing to hear constructive feedback. Listening will help you go beyond that moment of failure in order to be able to move forward. Learn from your mistakes and teach yourself how to improve.

Always think about the next play.

Register your failure, but always be looking forward. Regroup and respond. What’s next on the agenda?

Valleys are necessary for the peaks.

One of the panelists advocated for failure, because failure allows you to grow and make your successes that much better. You won’t be able to enjoy the highs as much—and you won’t know how to bounce back—if you never experience the lows.

Complacency is dangerous.

Even if you’re in a good spot, always strive to be better. Live up to what’s important to you. Keep making goals. As Coach Tommy Amaker advised: “You should always worry ‘Where am I?’ Everyone thought we should win the NCAA tournament this year, but last year nobody thought we could win the second game against New Mexico.” Keep setting the bar higher.

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Julia Eger, ’14

"Bouncing Back: Lessons from Athletics on Success, Failure, and Resilience" was sponsored by the Department of Athletics, the Bureau of Study Counsel, and the Office of Career Services, and featured Tommy Amaker,Head Coach of the Harvard Men’s Basketball team; Jon Dienstag ‘05, Senior Manager at the Boston Red Sox; and Jessica Gelman ‘97, MBA ‘02,VP at the New England Patriots.