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Alex Lee, 21, knows how to network. The George Mason University graduating senior devoted hours upon hours to attending networking events hosted by the School of Business. He talked to potential employers, asked questions, put himself out there.
And thanks in part to his efforts, he landed, while at Mason, prestigious internships at EY Financial Services, Lenovo and Avalon Bay, along with an externship at HP Venture Capital.
After graduation, Lee will head off to his “dream job” as a business consultant in the Manhattan office of EY Financial Services.
“I’m very excited,” said Lee, an Honors College student who majored in finance. “I was looking for a job in a fast-paced environment. I want to be at the center of the action, and New York is the place to be for that.”
Lee, who grew up with his sister and parents in Yorktown, Virginia, didn’t always know he wanted to major in finance. But, even in middle school, he enjoyed keeping track of the markets.
He chose Mason because of its academics and proximity to numerous prospective employers and opportunities. Lee said he appreciates that he found a group of friends to help him stay focused on his studies.
“I met all these students through the Honors College who like to work hard, and we all motivate each other to do well,” Lee said. “It’s been a great experience.”
Sahil Saini, Lee’s friend and roommate, said Lee is driven to succeed.
“His ability to clearly envision where he wants to go and what he wants to pursue as a career is definitely impressive,” said Saini, who graduated from Mason in 2020 with a degree in finance.
Lee praised the resources Mason’s School of Business provides for its students, such as different ways to gain face time with potential employers. During the pandemic, Lee attended the school’s virtual professional development and networking events.
Lee said he learned through his interactions with potential employers to be persistent.
“If you want a job somewhere, you have to ask the people there about opportunities,” Lee said. “You have to let them know how interested you are.”
Lee, who finished his degree in three-and-a-half years, said he leaves Mason grateful for what he’s learned and excited about the future.
The American dream is real,” Lee said. “If you put in the effort and persevere, you can make it.”