Months before graduation, Alison Feehan ’18 landed a position as a financial analyst with Education First (EF), an international education company specializing in language training, educational travel, and cultural exchange. Her new career, says Feehan, is in her “dream industry,” and will allow her to pursue her passion for international travel. She credits two Bryant mentors, Sheila Guay ’83, ’86 MBA, the University’s Director of Conferences and Special Events, and Elizabeth Schlatterer ’07, ’08 MPAc, an Accounting Manager at Education First, with helping to launch her career.
As a staff advisor for Feehan’s Sophomore International Experience trip to China, Guay came to know Feehan well, and later hired her as a student conference coordinator. When Guay learned of a management trainee position with EF, she recommended that Feehan apply. “I thought the EF position sounded like a great fit,” says Guay, who describes Feehan as “a quick learner, dedicated, upbeat, and a natural leader.”
Feehan is grateful for the one-on-one mentoring, noting that Guay was “a great example for me as a young professional. She has always had an open-door policy.”
“Looking back, it is clear that having someone like Sheila in my life has been so helpful for me" throughout her undergraduate years, Feehan says. “I have gone to her for advice on everything from where to take my car when it needed work done to how to decide between summer internship offers.”
After applying to EF, Feehan connected with Schlatterer through LinkedIn before meeting in person. Like Guay, Schlatterer offered Feehan both professional and personal support, including advice that she also apply to EF’s accounting and finance departments’ rotational training programs. “Bryant gave me so many really excellent opportunities – athletically and in the leadership realm – so I wanted to give back as much as I could,” says Schlatterer.
In addition to the invaluable professional support, Feehan’s Bryant experience helped her in other ways. She says she “was a sponge” in soaking up everything she could learn from the Amica Center for Career Education’s extensive programming. Her many presentations at Bryant, and her experience with the student-managed Archway Investment Fund as both a portfolio manager and the public relations chair prepared her well for a comprehensive day of interviews, which included presenting to a roomful of EF vice presidents. She impressed them with her knowledge, passion, and dedication to her work.
“Ali took full advantage of everything available to her. She kept adding to her professional portfolio,” says Guay. “She drove herself.”
Feehan’s credentials, poise, job-ready skills, and mentoring earned her the job offer from EF, which she was thrilled to accept. “She’s a great standout, professional and well-spoken,” says Schlatterer.
Archway Investment Fund
• Portfolio Manager
• Public relations chair
Sophomore International Experience, China
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