MSFS Students Engage in an Alumni Panel Discussion on Careers in the Private Sector
By Elena Ovaitt (SFS '11)
On Wednesday September 29, 30 first-year students gathered for the first DC Day which focused on careers in the private sector. The panel, consisting of MSFS alumni Revathi Avasarala (’10), Timothy Fairbank (’05), Alberto Fassinotti (’06) and Nitzan Goldberger (’09), shared their unique experiences and advice with current students.
During the panel discussion, Ms. Goldberger, Associate for the Eurasia Group, elaborated on her work in renewable energy markets, while her former classmate, Ms. Avasarala, a consultant for Deloitte, discussed her experience as a former MSFS student. Mr. Fairbank shared stories of entrepreneurial success, discussing his start-up firm, Development Transformations, which he cofounded several years after graduating from MSFS. Finally, Mr. Fassinotti spoke about his career transition from Wall Street to emerging markets at The Rock Creek Group.
MSFS Alumna Revathi Avasarala (MSFS 2010)
Despite their diverse career paths, the four panelists had similar words of advice. All four emphasized the importance of networking with both alumni and other students. Ms. Avasarala admitted that she found most of her jobs and internships through other MSFS students, and Mr. Fairbank mentioned that alumni played a crucial role in his success as well.
Following the panel, the students had lunch with alumni from companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Development Transformations, Carana Corporation, and Marsh Risk Consulting. On November 1, the second DC Day will focus on careers in U.S. government agencies.