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Dickinson College Connects Graduate and Parent to Help Kick-start Career

Graham Novitch

Graham Novitch, donning a shirt with his new company's logo and message.

Graham Novitch '20 secures financial analyst job with Celsius Network through current parent

by Tony Moore

The pressure to find a job and establish a career can make the move from college to postcollege life stressful. And then there’s launching in the middle of a global pandemic. But for Dickinson students, the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development can bridge that gap, often with the help of the Dickinson alumni and parent community. Recently, the center helped do just that for Graham Novitch ’20 (quantitative economics), who accepted an offer with Celsius Network working for Patrick Holert P'24, the father of Sam Holert, a new first-year student at Dickinson.

“I thought by going to a specific school with a specific need for specific skills I would find a much more targeted and reliable set of candidates than I would from an open search,” Holert says. “And with my son going to Dickinson, I thought it was a good time to support our new community.” After hiring Novitch as a full-time employee, he then brought on Arun Shrestha ’20 (computer science, mathematics) as an intern, hoping to create a position for him as well in the quickly growing company.

“This story is a great example of what's possible at Dickinson,” says Damon Yarnell, associate provost and executive director of the center, whose team gathered pertinent resumes and facilitated the connection with Holert. “Thanks to the strength of Dickinson students and the dynamism of our curriculum, the result was a diverse pool of high-caliber candidates and a successful match. And we're extending our best efforts to make sure still-seeking 2020 grads are aware that these opportunities exist.”

“With everything that's going on in the world, I never thought I'd get an opportunity like this so soon,” says Novitch. “And I'm extremely grateful to have gotten this offer.”

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Published August 24, 2020