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Career Connections

Foresters explore environmental careers at networking event

Students learned from alumni and other industry professionals about career options that have a positive impact on the environment and utilize investigative skills in environmental science, biology, and other related initiatives.

The Environmental Studies and Biology Networking Event provided students with the opportunity to hear first-hand from Lake Forest College graduates and other industry representatives on the variety of career options for these professional fields.

Katie Harris ’20, biology and philosophy double major, found that hearing from professionals about their careers broadened her view of what she can do with her degree. “[For example], I always thought ‘The Shedd Aquarium, that’s working with the animals,’” said Harris. “It was cool to see that they have a conservation program and they do clean-up on Lake Michigan. The job is actually very different from the idea that I had in my mind.”

In attendance at the event to share their professional experiences with students were

  • Kris Korth ’16 (Evoqua Water Technologies)
  • Javier Martinez ’17 (Waukegan Park District)
  • Susie Hoffman (Lake Forest Open Lands)
  • Jessica Prescott-Smith (Chicago Botanic Gardens)
  • Charles Courtney ’18 (Hollister Incorporated)
  • Hilary Wind ’14 (John G. Shedd Aquarium)
  • Sebastian Di Clemente ’13 (IKEA)

“I think it’s important to find something you care about that contributes to society in some way,” said Biology Aiden Pratt ’20. He said that he learned it’s important to experiment with new directions, because you never know where your dream career could take you. “All of these professionals ended up doing different things when they graduated from Lake Forest than they originally envisioned. I learned when thinking about my career to keep an open mind.”

Harris encouraged other students to take advantage of networking events Lake Forest College offers to explore diverse careers and make new connections. “If students do not know what they want to do, then this is a really good opportunity to go and interact with people and just get an idea of the possibilities.”