Where will you be living next year?
What will you be doing?
I just started a new job as a Sr Communication Specialist for TJX. I had previously been Exec. Assistant to the President of Marmaxx (a division of TJX) and used the skills I learned at HES to change my job description and become much more involved in the planning and decision making re: communications, which then helped me translate those skills to the communications team when my boss retired at the start of 2023. I was set up for a future career thanks to HES!
What advice do you have for Harvard HES students, now that you have graduated?
Stick with it. It’s absolutely worth it at the end. I learned a lot in class, but I learned so much about myself and what I was capable of. Keep up with the reading, ask for help when you need it, and utilize the many student resources available. I especially recommend getting feedback from the writing center and help with research from the amazing research librarians. I would also say, keep tabs on your mental health and stress levels. Don’t feel like you have to do EVERYTHING. Remember to have fun and enjoy the things you’re learning, and the professors and students you’re meeting. And check in with your advisor!!
In what ways has your Harvard Extension degree impacted your career?
It really helped me enhance my career before I even graduated. The seriousness with which I pursued my degree (and, of course, the fact that it was at HARVARD) helped me be seen seriously as an advisor, writer, and decision-maker at my job. I love what my career has become thanks to my time at HES.