Clem Wood, *18 (CLA)

Manager, Bain & Company

I earned my PhD in Classics at Princeton in 2018. Currently I am a Manager in the New York office of Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.

"Within a few months of defending my dissertation at Princeton, I found myself regularly sitting in a corporate boardroom next to the CEO and other top executives of a major public company. The transition from academia to the business world was a challenging and exciting one, with a steep learning curve that my new colleagues helped me climb. At the same time, the skills that I honed in graduate school, from building a logically sound argument to delivering presentations and thinking on my feet, have been the most important in my new career as a management consultant.

During my time at Princeton, I met Amy Pszczolkowski (then at Career Services), and in 2021, I was glad to reconnect with her and James M. Van Wyck through LinkedIn and the Princeton Classics Department to join the GradFUTURES network.

Keep an open mind, attend professional development panels and presentations, and most importantly, talk to friends and former colleagues who went on to other careers after academia to expand your idea of what's possible and introduce you to new opportunities." 

Yes, I am open to being contacted by a Princeton Graduate Student for an informational interview!

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