Alumni Career Panel

Submitted by Kate Goldyn on

Thank you to everyone who made our first virtual alumni career panel a success. Especially our alumni panelists:

  • Alisa Bacon, Philosophy and Mathematics BA '16, UX Designer at Microsoft
  • Zerina Curevac, Philosophy and Art BA '13, Attorney at Lululemon
  • Gurdeep Gill, Philosophy '18, Ruth Woo Emerging Leaders Fellow at King County
  • Danielle Malcom, Philosophy and Law, Society & Justice '10, Prosecutor at Seattle City Attorney's Office
  • Haylee Millikan, Philosophy and English '16, Fact Checker for Parcast Studios at Spotify
  • Pierce Young, Philosophy and Economics '14, Product Manager at Tableau Software

The panelists shared their wide range of post-graduation experiences, including internships, volunteer work, and entry level jobs. They offered up their successes as well as their challenges navigating their careers. While each panelist has followed very different career paths, they all stressed the numerous ways in which a background in philosophy helped prepare them for their careers. They spoke about the skills gained in their philosophy classes, especially how writing clearly, concisely and persuasively, has been essential to their career success. They encouraged students to reach out and network as much as possible and to get an internship. They stressed how internships will provide students with valuable work experience and help students discover what they enjoy doing and just as importantly what they don’t enjoy doing for a career.

Students interested in learning how to network, how to use LinkedIn to make connections and explore careers, or who want to find internships, will find a wealth of online resources curated by the UW Career & Internship Center. They can also contact career coaches for one-on-one career coaching (currently online via Zoom) on these and other topics.

We look forward to holding more virtual career panels in 2020-2021. Any alumni interested in participating please contact Kate Goldyn.

We encourage all alumni and students to follow the Department of Philosophy on LinkedIn and to join the UW Philosophy Group.