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Alumni Spotlight – Hanover Recruiting at MetroLink DC 2017

This week, Hanover is participating in MetroLink DC 2017! Stop by and see us on Friday, February 17th! Meanwhile, check out this two-in-one alumni spotlight, featuring alumnae from two of the participating universities, Brown and Duke!

And don’t forget to click here to see the rest of our scheduled campus visits this spring!

Emily Lamb, Senior Research Associate – Brown University

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What’s been your most memorable experience with Hanover, to date?
Shortly after I started at Hanover, we had our annual day of service. It’s a day where the whole company participates in some type of community service activity. I volunteered at the Washington Humane Society. I was not only really impressed that as a company Hanover dedicated a whole day to community service but also that during the day I got to meet and spend time with people from different departments and levels of the company.

What skills can new Hanoverians expect to learn?
At Hanover employees can develop a variety of new skills, from learning to use new software programs, such as Tableau and Nvivo in my case, to learning to develop effective qualitative research interview guides. Hanover pushes its employees to develop new skills based on their own interests.

Why did you choose Hanover, and why should others work here?
I chose Hanover because it gave me the opportunity to apply my academic research skills in a fast-paced setting. As a researcher at Hanover you can quickly gain exposure to many industries and work on a variety of project types. Hanover is a great place to transition from academia to the private sector.

Imani Ifedi, Business Development Associate – Duke University

sf prof picWhat’s been your most memorable experience with Hanover, to date?

That’s a tough question. I don’t think I can sum it up in one experience, but I really appreciate the ways in which I’ve connected with the other Development Associates, my Director, and my manager. Hanover has a very collaborative and friendly environment, and I love having the freedom and autonomy to either use my time privately or talk with my peers and share ideas/concerns/successes. I’ve also enjoyed connecting with colleagues outside of work, be it through happy hours, dinners, coffee dates, and, of course, the fantastic holiday party.

What skills can new Hanoverians expect to learn?

Communication is probably the number one skill you can expect to learn as a Hanoverian, whether it’s writing research papers if you’re in Content (Research), relationship-building if you’re in Account Management, or conveying value if you’re in Development (Sales). More specifically, I’ve learned how to make my writing and pitching more concise, persuasive, timely, and tailored. These are invaluable skills for any professional route you may want to take.

Why did you choose Hanover, and why should others work here?

To be honest, I used to hold a stereotype about sales; that it was all about convincing people to do what they do not want to do, or otherwise shouldn’t do. But that’s certainly not true:

During my work as a college adviser, my job before Hanover, I had to communicate the idea of going to college and making post-secondary decisions in a way that was digestible to students who would otherwise find these topics boring and/or irrelevant. Thus, I had to be strategic by incorporating the aspects of communication often found in sales, especially persuasion. Then, one day, one of my advisees unexpectedly became my adviser by telling me I should be in sales, given how much I’ve convinced her and her friends about the value of college – and it clicked.

Going into sales is a decision that completely depends on what you’re selling, and whether you believe that that service/product actually provides benefits and value. I chose Hanover because, as a policy major who took classes in education policy, I knew that educational research was an important aspect of improving student outcomes. I was passionate about education, but knew that I didn’t want to be a teacher (mostly due to my complete lack of disciplinary skills), and I was happy to find a way to focus on education while further developing my communication, organization, and creative-thinking skills.

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