On Wednesday night, November 3rd, the Career Planning Center sponsored the 4th Annual Biology Career Night at the Barone Campus Center. Alumni from a variety of different fields were present to answer questions. Gretchen Collins, Assistant Director of the Career Planning Center, stated that this was an “opportunity for current Biology majors to explore and gain insight on the different careers they can enter.” A diverse range of careers were represented including pharmaceuticals, dentistry, epidemiology, and law.
Brittney Gonclaves ’09, who is currently working for Optimus Healthcare, remembers going to the Biology Career night when she was attending Fairfield. “It was really important because it allowed me to see what other opportunities are out there,” she said. “Many biology majors think that medical school is the only option.”
This sentiment was reaffirmed by current senior Katie Hassett ’11. “As a senior biology major, this was a great chance to talk to alumni, who utilized their technical degrees beyond medical and graduate school,” said Hassett. “It really shows the versatility of the biology degree.”
Many curious students, mainly individuals who are undeclared or biology majors and minors, attended the event armed with questions. Many expressed surprise at the range of career paths represented by the alumni who graduated with a biology degree. Students left with a greater awareness of the possibilities available to them after graduation.
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