Students Gather Career Advice from Alumni During Junior Career Evening
The Webb Alumni Council, in conjunction with the Advancement Office, hosted Junior Career Evening on Sunday, February 26. This was the second time this event was offered to Webb juniors, a shift from being a sophomore class event until 2022. This event welcomes alumni back to campus to speak about their professional and educational journeys.
To kick off the evening, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Lexus Beaman ‘08 welcomed the junior class in Liu/Cheung Theater, introduced the alumni speakers and provided a few pointers for the students to make the most out of their time that evening. Four sessions were led by alumni in their respective industries and each student participated in two.
The “Finance” session included Ed Ratinoff ‘83 and Ray Dayalan ‘90. The speakers talked about the positions available in the finance field, what education pathways have brought them to their roles and what steps current students should take to pursue a career in finance.
Jennifer Ishiguro ‘91 and Jason Keyes ‘82 led the “Law” session, touching on their journeys to where they are in their careers today. Students heard about the many ways you can practice law and how you can align your law career with your passions. Students asked great questions about work-life balance, the glass ceiling and school demands.
“Mental Health” featured Chad Pharnichyakul ‘06 and Asim Rizvi ‘00. Students heard about the differences between therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists. The speakers also covered how to best prevent burnout, the educational requirements for each role and how students can be successful in this field.
Alya Ahmad ‘09 and Gabe Bouz ‘10 discussed their careers in “Medicine.” Both speakers are in their residency and were able to share the joys and challenges of medical school. Students learned about being a surgeon versus an OB/GYN and other options students can pursue in medical school.
After the sessions, students gathered inside the community center to enjoy cookies and cocoa and continue their conversations with the alumni speakers, while honing their networking skills. Faculty and staff also stopped by to thank the alumni for volunteering.
Many thanks to the Alumni Council and to each of our alumni speakers.
Raj Dayalan ‘90, Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners
Ed Ratinoff ‘83, Managing Principal and Founder of James Investment Partners
Jennifer Ishiguro ‘91, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at Stepstone Group, Inc.
Jason Keyes ‘82, Partner at Keyes & Fox, LLP.
Chad Pharnichyakul ‘06, Licensed Therapist at Kaiser Permanente in Addiction
Asim Rizvi ‘00, Adolescent Psychiatrist at Orbit Health
Alya Ahmad ‘09, 3rd Year OB/GYN Resident Physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Gabe Bouz ‘10, 4th Year Orthopedic Surgery Resident at LA County/USC Medical Center