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Alumni Spotlight – Hanover Recruiting at University of Michigan

Paul-C_finalForVisitPageUniversity of Michigan: Sarah Van Duyn

In brief, what is your role at Hanover?

I am the Managing Content Director for the K-12 Education Practice.  I oversee a team of analysts and Content Directors. Together, we provide research for over one hundred K-12 partners – including public school districts, independent and private schools, regional education agencies, state departments of education, and education non-profit organizations.


Why did you decide to work at Hanover? 

I decided to work at Hanover because it is a fast growing company that also offers many development opportunities for its employees.  It is exciting for me to work at a place where I can grow with the organization.  I am also passionate about K-12 education.  Working at Hanover enables me to work in an area that is personally and professionally important to me.

In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?

The people at Hanover are extremely smart, which is important because we conduct a wide range of complicated research projects for our partners!  Yet at the same time, Hanover’s employees understand that we are all working together towards the common goal of serving our partners. Everyone is willing to share ideas, support worthwhile initiatives, and put in the effort needed to ensure that do our best work every day.

Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?

I received two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, so I’ll speak to each of them separately. The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business’s MBA provides students with the skillset needed to manage people and clients effectively.  Hanover gives employees the opportunity to mentor individuals, manage teams, and manage clients directly through roles like Content Director and Relationship Director. It’s rare to find a job right out of your MBA that allows you to employ all of the skills you learned in the MBA program!  The School of Education provides students with a macro-level perspective into the K-12 education sector, as well as applied experience researching, writing, and editing for K-12 audiences.  As an analyst at Hanover, you have the opportunity to dive into a huge variety of research questions facing K-12 educations, as well as the chance to employ a variety of methodologies, from survey design and analysis, to best practices/literature reviews, to data analysis, to primary research, to benchmarking.

What is your favorite part of your job/the company?

Knowing that every day I am helping K-12 leaders solve important problems that impact district and school operations, instructional practices, and student achievement.


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