Alumni in the Field

Ben MacFarlane
STU Degree: BA '11
Major: Economics
Job Title: Investment Analyst with NB Investment Management Corp.
Location: Fredericton, NB

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
Monitoring current investments and idea generation for new investment ideas.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
Any way to get work experience in this industry would be beneficial. It can be competitive for entry level positions, so unpaid experience would not be a bad thing to use as leverage longer term. As for coursework, I would say an Economics focus with the business minor from UNB would be the most applicable education in my opinion.
 
How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
STU’s education can differentiate you from the standard business education that the typical job candidate in this field may have, using this as a strength works well as long as the basic business education is in place.

Holly Thompson
STU Degree: BA '01
Major: Religious Studies
Job Title: Director of Business Development for Freedom 55 Financial and Branch Manager for Quadrus Investment
Location: Fredericton, NB

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
My role as Director of Business Development for Freedom 55 Financial and Branch Manager for Quadrus Investment Services is very diverse. I am responsible for hiring and developing new financial security advisors, delivering on the office’s overall business acquisition targets, ensuring compliance and behavioral standards are met, and also making sure that the advisors aligned with me with me continue to grow their own businesses.
 
How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
Any time you have an opportunity to grow your personal and professional network- go for it! This can be done through volunteer work, sports, internships, employment, etc. As in any business, the more people you know the better.
 
How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
My Liberal Arts education provided a solid foundation for my career. In developing the ability to exercise the traits of learning, reading, questioning, and thinking; you’ll not only succeed in business but also in life.

Morgan Roherty, CPA, CA
STU Degree: BA ’09
Major: Economics
Job Title: Senior Tax Specialist at Bringloe Feeney LLP
Location: Fredericton, NB

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
My duties and responsibilities at work mainly focus on all things tax. I prepare, review and assist in personal and corporate income tax returns, reorganizations and special projects. I meet with clients regarding tax questions and help my team develop strategies for better tax planning and I assist in creating solutions to help solve problems. I also draw on my designation to help with accounting engagements.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
In my opinion, being well rounded is the best quality to have when it comes to preparing yourself to work in the accounting world. Being able to juggle multiple files and manage time constraints is a huge part of this career.  At STU, I played volleyball, volunteered, mentored and tutored all while sustaining a high GPA. These activities played a huge part in my success at pursuing my designation.  
 
How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career? 
STU helped me gain experience in thinking critically and writing. Employers want to see that you have the ability to adapt regardless of the job description.