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Sean Joy '14

Palo Alto, CA
Major: Business Economics and Finance
Minor: Entrepreneurship
"I strongly believe Lehigh offers learning and growth opportunities inside and outside of the classroom unlike any other university. There really is no where I would rather be. I am proud to say I am from Lehigh."
What are your career aspirations?
In the short term I hope to go into consulting in NYC. Someday however, I would like to move back to California and run my own business.
How well do you think the Lehigh business curriculum prepared you for success in getting a job or internship?
Lehigh’s curriculum prepared me very well for both getting a job, and my experience at those jobs. While your career can go a number of different ways once you leave Lehigh their preparation will serve you regardless. A focus on problem solving, thinking analytically, teamwork, organizational and presentation skills prepares students across a wide array of industries.
Have you found the curriculum to be flexible in allowing you to pursue diverse interests in addition to your business interests?
With mandatory non-CBE credit hours I have had more than enough time to pursue outside interests. Pursuing outside interests allows students to differentiate themselves in interviews, as they can truthfully speak passionately about their interests beyond schoolwork.
What experiences outside of your business study, do you credit for some of your success?
I believe a minor in Entrepreneurship helped tremendously in a number of ways. Entrepreneurship emphasizes thinking creatively, an entrepreneurial mindset and presentation skills throughout the curriculum. Additionally, the Lehigh Silicon Valley trip was invaluable, offering real life problem solving, creative thinking and presentation experience.
Have you found someone within the CBE to be particularly helpful as you make important decisions?
Many professors have helped me in various ways outside the classroom. Todd Watkins and Larry Taylor have been instrumental in guiding me towards my summer working abroad with KPMG, to name a few.
 Do you see yourself as part of a community that is instrumental to success now and beyond Lehigh?
I absolutely see myself as part of the Lehigh community. I will always see myself as part of this community.
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