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“Overall, this day is exactly what I hoped for. I was inspired by the passion of the alumni. Likewise, I also got a very good sense of the realities of what it means to work in finance. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Comments like this one, which was given by Ross Bendetson, A18, abound when discussing the 2014 Finance Career Forum (FCF). Held on September 20, 2014, the FCF, now in its fifth year, welcomed more than 170 students and 30 alumni, and continues to grow with 2014 marking the first official program that included Fletcher students as registered participants.

Designed to give Jumbos a better sense of the finance industry, the FCF brings alumni from various specialties to the Medford campus to actively engage students during sessions that for the second year included Speed Learning, a highlight of the program. “The most rewarding part of the day was the feedback from the students. They were all very respectful and thankful for my time and remarks. The most challenging (aspect) was trying to speak to many students at once,” commented one alumni participant.

Braden Weinstock, F15, a first-time Fletcher attendee, considered the FCF “by far the best single activity/event (at Tufts) that provided the best opportunity to break into finance – I would not miss it!” The ongoing success of the FCF is due, in large part, to this increased sense of excitement and importance surrounding participation in the program. “What set this year’s event apart from previous forums was the attendance was up and the energy level was extraordinary…We are seeing strong results in internship hires. Alumni feedback on the event and the ‘quality’ and preparation of Tufts students were exceptional,” shared TFN Advisory Committee Member and University Trustee Jeffrey Moslow, A86, A16P, E18P. Moslow has served as the chief volunteer organizer of this event for the past five years.