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A Few Recent Graduates Share What's Next


The stories of recent Hamline graduates are as varied as the Pipers themselves. 

Paige Natzke ‘19 secured a position at The Chartis Group, a Chicago healthcare consultancy. Liz Ronald ‘19 was accepted into the Masters in Forensic Anthropology Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Maddie Guyott ‘19 has joined the Peace Corps and will be working in Peru. 

The Career Development Center (CDC) provided resources and assistance that helped many students achieve their goals.

Work for a Dream Employer

Abby Guthrie ‘19 secured a job with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) after an internship with the organization.

Guthrie, a criminology and criminal justice major with a minor in legal studies, felt that her classes prepared her for the report writing and communication with the public that is required of her position. The professional experiences of her professors was also valuable.

“They gave real-life lessons and showed proof that these theories and strategies are used in the field on a daily basis,’ said Guthrie. “I learned more from their work stories and lectures than just reading a textbook.”

Her experience working at the CDC was helpful because she learned interview techniques and became comfortable in a professional setting.

“They really work with their student workers to advance their professionalism and prepare them for life after graduation,” Guthrie said. “Without their resources, I don't think I'd be exposed to the opportunities that I was fortunate to have as an undergrad,” she continued.

A career counselor at the CDC suggested that Guthrie build her LinkedIn profile and connect with people who worked in her fields.

“Eventually I reached out to someone who was a criminal intelligence analyst at the BCA - exactly my dream job -- and he responded. I set up an informational interview and he gave me a tour of the BCA,” said Guthrie.

From that tour, Guthrie landed an internship that led to a part-time temporary job, which continues today.

“As an intern, I worked on a really big case that we had, and wrote a 40 page report for our Board. My supervisor was impressed my by statistical analysis skills and wanted me to stick around for future projects,” said Guthrie.

Going to Graduate School

Gabrielle Brown ‘19 is off to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota for her Masters of Leadership. At the same time, she will assist in the track and field program. The new adventure is a step into a career as a head coach for a collegiate track and field team.

Brown captained the Hamline track and field team, worked as a resident assistant, and was a member of the Black Student Collective.

Her senior year at Hamline was full of significant accomplishments. She broke indoor school sprint records, was chosen for student-athlete awards by peers and coaches, and a few days after commencement earned her third All-American honor in the 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III outdoor meet.

The Hedgeman Center was an influential resource for Brown, a first generation college student and communications studies major. The positive support from staff at the Center improved her confidence and her performance during graduate school interviews.

Coming into her senior year, Brown turned to the the CDC for help organizing her graduate school search.

“The staff made me a checklist of what to do,” Brown said. “I walked out of appointments feeling confident in my next steps.”

“I consider Hamline home. It feels like family and I am super grateful. People have my best interests at heart and I can always reach out,” said Brown.

Securing a Critical Internship

Ikram Mohamud ‘19 will continue her educational journey in a professional internship with Step Up, where she will prepare 14 and 15 year-old Minneapolis young people to enter the workforce.

Mohamud, a management and religion double major, worked with youth at previous internships with the school district in Faribault and a position with Urban Scholars, a leadership development internship that introduced her to the Step Up program.

Step Up is an employment program for at-risk youth and immigrants.

“I will work as a job coach and help place them in internships,” Mohamud said. The goal is to “...Catapult them into the workforce,” she continued.

She prepared for the position through academics and leadership roles in the Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC) and other student organizations.

“I understand what teamwork means, that people have different styles,” Mohamud said.

Mohamud learned office skills that can be applied at work, such as navigating office culture, while in her work study role at the CDC.  She also turned to staff members Mara Stommes and Masha Finn for help updating her resume and writing cover letters.

Interview preparation, including mock interviews and reviews of job application materials were other services that Mohamud used.

“Working with them helped me be confident about the process of finding and applying for a job,” Mohamud said.

Hamline’s CDC assists students and alumni as they explore, prepare for, and make successful transitions to life after Hamline. It is open all summer and can support students for up to 3 years after graduation.

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Written by staff.