Career Explorations

connecting key alumni/ae/x and upper school students, career explorations provides obezags with a unique networking opportunity and gives them a glance at life after key.


 

Each year we connect our Upper School students with Key Alumni/ae/x to learn about their careers and help students see what their potential future could be.This is a chance for students to make connections, be inspired, and gather information about careers. Fields of interest are student-selected and change each year. 

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Spring 2022 Workshops

Engineering

 

Sofia Bonner '14
Mechanical Design Engineer, Ball Aerospace

Villanova University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Concentration in Fluid Mechanics; Minor in Spanish)

“it's ok not to follow the stereotypical path. keep searching for the thing you're really passionate about and allow yourself to be flexible and adaptable."

 

Caroline Vaughan Kreutzer ‘06
Senior Operations Manager, Cahill Contractors
Davidson College (B.S. in Physics)
University of California, Berkeley (M.S. in Civil Engineering and Project Management)

“It's ok to not know what you want to do yet. what you should be learning is how to approach and tackle hard problems. you may end up in a career that you don't even know exists right now or a new industry that doesn't exist yet."

Finance

 

Lauren Lane '15
Financial Markets Associate, PwC
American University (B.S. in Accounting; M.S. in Accounting)

“you don't have to have everything figured out, Don't be afraid of taking chances, and write everything down!"

 

Maris Beigel '10
Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Mount Saint Mary’s University (B.S. in Business)

“take full advantage of key school's ability to sharpen your writing skills. writing is a critical skill in whatever career you choose as it allows you to effectively communicate with co-workers, clients, or your employer. a written email could be the first impression someone receives of you, and if written professionally and articulately, it could be what sets you apart from the rest."

Psychology

 

Mike Norfleet '11
Staff Psychologist, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Pepperdine University (B.A. in Psychology; M.A. in Clinical Psychology; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology)
Boston University (M.S. in Criminal Justice)

“When life is chaotic, don’t forget where you come from. Don’t forget the foundation you have because of Key. It will take you further than you could ever imagine. That foundation comes with creativity and the ability to enact change in your future communities."

 

Lauren Dunleavy Cashion '99
Child Psychologist and Owner, Sage Strategies

Bryn Mawr College
Barnard College, Columbia University
University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health

No matter what your primary area of study, take coursework in finance and communication. You really need to understand the financial implications of the decisions you make for your education and career."

Law

 

Jimmy Attridge '03
Chief of Staff, Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Dartmouth College (B.A. in Government and Geography)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

“Enjoy your time at Key and take advantage of the opportunities you have while you're there.  Develop your talents and expand your skills, but be sure to try new things.  There's no better time or more supportive environment to try something new. Career paths aren't linear.  Embrace the uncertainty, but control what you can by working hard and treating your colleagues with kindness and respect.”

 

Natalie Watson '95
Partner, McCarter & English

Bryn Mawr College (B.A. in English)
Rutgers University (J.D.)
Raimondo Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics

“Working for Big Law still can be centered in public service; spring for the standardized test prep; law school has nothing to do with the Bar exam, and neither of those things have anything to do with practicing law. Regarding law school, unless you want to be in academics, focus on reducing debt so you have more options in what you want to do. Just generally to Key students, you all are so far ahead of the level of preparation that your peers will have had that you will be fine, so try to have some fun.”

Non-Profit

 

Erik Esborg '87
Vice President of Finance, PeopleForBikes Coalition & Foundation
University of San Diego (B.A. in International Relations)
Eastern Michigan University (M.S. in Accounting)

“Take chances! Sometimes it's a good thing to take the less beaten path. Enjoy life's journey itself, not necessarily the end goal of completing a milestone. Appreciate how much things don't always go according to plan, and that's okay, even beneficial. In other words, it's fine to not have life all planned out in high school (even though I thought I had). I wanted to be a naval officer or a diplomat out of Key, and ended up being a CPA focusing on nonprofit financial management, and it turned out to be great. Who knew?”


With more than 1,500 alumni/ae/x across 45 states and more than 25 countries, Key’s alumni/ae/x community is more vibrant than ever!