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Alexandra Paxton

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Minor: French and Francophone Studies
Hometown: Herndon, Virginia

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship was being able to see the realities of working in a professional environment. I have learned so much that cannot be taught inside of a classroom, and having this perspective on things really impacted the way I see Financial Planning and Analysis. Also, working so closely with the Chief Financial Officer of Carey International has given me insight into how much hard work and dedication is really required to be successful in a career.

"This experience benefited my academics because I was finally able to apply the data analytics I have been practicing throughout my time studying economics."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience benefited my academics because I was finally able to apply the data analytics I have been practicing throughout my time studying economics. It also showed me how important practicing a good work ethic is in and out of the workplace. I’ve drastically improved my Tableau and Excel skills, because they are now tools that I use every day at work. I also think my intellectual curiosity has peaked. I’m learning to anticipate questions before they are asked and also how to prepare for collaborative efforts with others.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience gave me insight on what I would like to do with my economics degree after graduating. I now know the importance of experience in the workplace, and how to effectively apply what I learn to how I problem solve. I’m hoping this internship will give me an advantage when finding a job because I won’t have as much of a learning curve as others since I am so immersed in the Financial Planning and Analysis experience. From the insights I have gained through this internship, I hope to be able to work for other companies helping them in similar ways.

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