How I Got My First Job After Graduation: Advice from ECON Alumni

How I Got My First Job After Graduation: Advice from ECON Alumni

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Although we are living in uncertain times, there are things you can do right now to set you up for career success, either as a recent graduate or current student. Hear from experienced alumni on how they got their first job and what you can do right now to set yourself up for success. All students are welcome to attend, but ECON majors will find this particularly helpful. 

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Two alumni from the PhD program will discuss their experiences, both as a job seeker and an employer. Dr. Mark Turner is the founder and CEO at Optimal Solutions Group (Optimal) and is the co-founder of Revelo Software.  Optimal has 25 years of experience evaluating the effectiveness of government programs, policies, and regulations across a range of topics, including education, economic development, workforce development, and health policy.  In 2009, Optimal started a software development division based on its Real-Time Framework to improve the rigor, cost-effectiveness, and timeliness of evaluations.

In 2019, Revelo Software was spun off as a separate company.  Revelo’s primary product is a modular web-based data collection, analysis, and customized reporting tool that was designed and implemented using Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) processes and is compliant with FISMA security requirements.

Optimal has cultivated strategic partnerships (e.g., University of Maryland, Tableau) to integrate Revelo products, leverage cloud platforms and complimentary integrations across a range of sectors as it continues to empower stakeholders make real-time evidence-based decisions.

Dr. Paul Lengermann is an Assistant Director in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He also leads the Household and Business Spending section, which is responsible for analysis, forecasting, and research regarding U.S. consumer spending, residential investment, and business fixed investment.

Before joining the section as chief in 2014, he was a senior economist in the Industrial Output section. Outside the Board, Paul has served as a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, been a visiting scholar at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, and worked as an economist at the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program.

His research has focused primarily on economic measurement—most recently using Big Data to measure consumer spending, as well as on offshoring in U.S. manufacturing and on the determinants of U.S. productivity growth.

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