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Every day is a Skidmore reunion at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Seven alumni work side by side in the finance and operations office across the street from NYU’s Tisch Hospital.
The leader is vice president Andrew Rubin ’90, who oversees clinical operations, including 1,200 faculty physicians and a $500 million budget. Over the last five years Rubin has hired eleven Skidmore graduates to work as financial analysts, paving their career paths with good entry-level jobs.
Conor McCaw ’06 is one. At Skidmore he learned of the job from his business coach, Michael Grazewski ’05, who had made the same move from Saratoga Springs to New York City. “It’s a great first job: good pay, good learning opportunities, and graduate school paid for,” says McCaw, who just started the MBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business with an employee tuition reimbursement.
After graduating with a double major in business and economics, Wen Zhang ’07 attended a June career-networking event in New York, hosted by Rubin. Thanks to Skidmore’s career services office, she was aware of the well-trodden road from Skidmore to NYU, and that July she interviewed to replace an outgoing analyst—another Skidmore alum. Zhang likens the workplace to a post-Skidmore study program: “It’s still a learning environment, where people are supportive and teaching you.” It’s also a very friendly place, surely helped by the common Skidmore background of so many of the analysts.
They may have Skidmore in common, but otherwise the current group is about as diverse as any cohort of recent grads can be. They are men and women, they were born in Haiti, China, and the United States, and they majored in everything from business and economics to Asian studies and neuroscience.
When Rubin first started his analyst program at NYU, he was looking for “really smart people” who could handle such tasks as profit-and-loss statements and business planning. The first hires disappointed him. When a family friend who was a recent college graduate turned out to be an excellent employee, that triggered the idea of recruiting Skidmore students, Rubin says. “I realized there were other ways to give back to my college besides just financially.”
Rubin visited Skidmore to speak to a management and business class. While there, he interviewed and hired two seniors to start the following summer. He has also recruited at other colleges, but found the results not as consistently good. “Skidmore is attracting very bright students who are motivated and ambitious,” he says. He adds that the Skidmore connection helps take the fear out of interviews and then provides an encouraging work environment for new grads. McCaw notes, “It’s hard enough to transition to the real world. It’s nice to have support.”
Mike Profita, director of career services, is grateful to alums like Rubin who look to Skidmore for job candidates through Skidmore’s Career Network and Alumni Back to Campus program. “It gives Skidmore students a little more visibility and enhances their profile,” he says. Rubin’s employees are appreciative as well. “Andrew’s given us the chance to learn and grow, to grow our careers,” says Zhang. “I would love to do something similar one day.” —Jill U. Adams