International Alumni Talk to Trinity Students about Life and Careers after College

Panelists Represent a Variety of Fields Including Engineering, Communications, and Architecture

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 22, 2017 – An International Alumni Panel held recently at Trinity College invited current students to hear advice from young international alumni about preparing for life and a career after college. The panel was hosted on February 10 in the Admissions and Career Development Center’s Grand Room and was co-sponsored by I-House, the Office of Student Success, the Career Development Center, and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Left to right: Vlad Burca '14 (on screen); Ankit Saraf ’10; Shraddha Basnyat ’13; Ananya Sahay ’13; Chanel Erasmus ’15; Max Ballardo IDP ’09. Photo by John Atashian​
The panelists were: Ankit Saraf ’10, from Nepal, an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School who is a former associate at ICF International and a summer associate at Goldman Sachs; Shraddha Basnyat ’13, from Nepal, who earned a master’s degree in computer science from Brandeis University and is now a software engineer at Wayfair LLC; Ananya Sahay ’13, from India, who earned a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and is an associate account manager at BGB Group; Chanel Erasmus ’15, from South Africa, a master’s candidate at Trinity College in public policy analysis and a Trinsition Fellow at the College; Max Ballardo IDP ’09, from Peru, an intern architect at Crosskey Architects who earned a master’s degree at Rhode Island School of Design for interior and adaptive architecture; and Vlad Burca ’14, from Romania, a software engineer for Microsoft who joined the panel from Seattle via Skype. The speakers gave insights into their professional success by sharing details about how Trinity prepared them.

The discussion began with the panelists giving an overview of their daily routines, allowing students to understand the rewards and frustrations in their respective careers. All of the panelists agreed that the culture of a company is vital to creating a healthy and enjoyable work environment.

The panelists continued the discussion by giving students tips on how to prepare for life after graduating from Trinity. “Always ask for help, especially by taking advantage of the Career Development Center,” Saraf said. “Reflect on what you want to do and speak to people about it.”

Basnyat added, “Create an Excel sheet to track the progress of your applications, use LinkedIn to find connections, and do not worry.”

Sahay recommended taking advantage of Hartford’s proximity to New York City and Boston to cultivate connections with Trinity alumni, while Erasmus highlighted the importance of learning about the technicalities of the U.S. visa.

At the conclusion of the discussion, students in the audience had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. Topics included ways in which to improve communication skills for recruitment and reasons why the panelists decided to stay in the United States rather than return to their home countries. Students also had the opportunity to network with the panelists informally to talk further about their plans for after graduation.

Written by Bhumika Choudhary ’18

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Photos by John Atashian. To view the Flickr album of photos from which this slide show was generated, please click here.