Many college students are concerned about finding a job after graduation, but this was not the case for Alfred Parker A’15, ’17 of Boston, Mass. A month before graduating, Alfred earned a position at one of the largest private banks in the U.S., Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. As an operations specialist, Alfred provides support and knowledge to the company’s clients.
Alfred is a good example of how hard work and dedication pay off. As a high school student, he struggled with timed exams and writing. When he started at Hillyer, he found support and attention from teachers, which he did not feel he had in high school. In particular, Alfred credits Professor Marcia Seabury for noticing his struggles and working with him. “She helped build my confidence and helped me discover what I enjoy about writing,” says Alfred.
With the support from Hillyer College, Alfred’s transition to the University’s Barney School of Business was easy. Hillyer gave him the skills he needed for the classroom and led him to make meaningful connections with other faculty. He gained even more knowledge through his classes in Barney, which also helped him with networking. “Without my mock interviews in Hillyer and Barney, I would have never landed my internship at State Street Bank and Trust Company,” Alfred says. “When I landed the internship, I ran right away to tell my Hillyer dean and business professor, David H. Goldenberg. It was one of my proudest moments.”
Today Alfred is working as an operations specialist in Investment Services, advising and supporting clients in their decisions about their assets. He credits his education at UHart for giving him skills that many of his peers lack, leading him to assume a mentorship role at the company. Alfred says that though he applied and challenged himself, it is Hillyer that “helps students find their passion, so that they can pursue a job they will enjoy going to everyday”.