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Alumni Spotlight – Hanover Recruiting at West Virginia University

Laura-N_forVisitPageWest Virginia University: Laura Nugent

In brief, what is your role at Hanover? 

I started as a Senior Research Associate doing qualitative research for our education partners. When I expressed interest in more data-heavy work, I was given more assignments in survey analysis. In my final year working full-time at Hanover, I developed our new research training program. That was my favorite part about working at Hanover: if you see something you want to do, just describe why it needs to be done and how you’ll do it, and they’ll give you free rein to pursue it!

Why did you decide to work at Hanover?

I majored in Economics and had a lot of undergraduate research experience. I was looking for a position in which I could use my research and writing skills, but I didn’t want to get into a “billable hours” role in a consulting position. Hanover is a lot more relaxed and has a better work/life balance.

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

It’s a young company and has no “red-tape.” It’s a lot of fun to have coworkers who are similar in age, and it also makes doing business a lot more enjoyable. People are open to new ideas and willing to try new things, and nothing is set in stone just because “that’s how it’s always been done.” In my experience, everyone in research is incredibly intelligent and friendly.

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

It’s a great way to get a job in the DC area that isn’t a government-related position. You can move up very quickly at Hanover if you’re willing to work hard. There’s also a good work/life balance.

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

I love my coworkers at Hanover. I really enjoyed seeing everyone when I came back to do short-term projects over winter break.


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