Where Are They Now?

Felicia Desorcie – B.S. Civil Engineering, Class of 2012

Felicia DesorcieWhere are you working and how long have you been there?
I work for Weidlinger Associates, Inc. as a structural engineer and I have been here for 11 months. I spent a year and a half after graduating from Norwich pursuing my Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University.

When you came to Norwich did you know what you wanted to do with your life?
Surprisingly, yes! I didn’t have all the details planned out but I knew I wanted to design buildings.

Did you have a plan B?
I did not have a plan B. I knew what I wanted and I guess I would have figured it out if something had gone wrong.

In what ways do you feel like Norwich prepared you for your career?
My Norwich education was tremendous. I really benefitted from the opportunity to interact with professors and students in a small class size setting. I’m not sure if I would have been as successful had I attended a large school for my undergraduate degree. The career center was a key element in helping me prepare for post graduate work. Whether through resume and cover letter development or developing strong interviewing skills and capitalizing on networking opportunities, they were a key piece to my career readiness success.

What methods did you use to find your current job; Norwich network, Career Center, parents and friends, professors, social media like LinkedIn or Facebook, etc.?
Although I did network through all of the usual ways I actually found out about this job through the company website. I applied for my current job within hours of it being posted. I was persistent about communicating with the hiring manager and asking if there was anything more I could do to help them make a decision. I also took a suggestion from the Career Center about adding a hint of maroon on my resume for my both name and the section headers. To my surprise, I received several comments from potential employers saying how much they liked it and that it stood out from the others.

What do you love most about your job?
There are many things that I love about my job, but if I were to pick two they would be the eclectic nature of the work and the constant problem solving. At Weidlinger Associates, Inc., I work on a variety of projects including conventional design, blast design and perimeter security design. The ability to work on various types of projects allows me to do something different every day. I never find myself doing the same thing twice. In addition, the aspect of engineering, that I love most is daily problem solving. Every day I am faced with a new challenge and it is my job to figure out how to solve it and provide a client with a solution. No challenge is the same, and most of the time when you are initially faced with the problem you do not fully know what all of the criteria are which shape that issue.

If you could give advice to a current student what would you tell them?
Never sell yourself short or give up on your dream. I think too many people are scared to really sell themselves to an employer. It’s definitely not an easy task, but you are your best advocate. When you go into an interview or a networking opportunity you need to be yourself and have confidence that you deserve to be there.

Daniel Hein – BA in Criminal Justice, Class of 2014

Daniel Hein ’14Where are you working and how long have you been there?
I work for the Derry Police department in Derry, NH as a patrolman, and I’ve been employed with them since April 28th 2014.

When you came to Norwich did you know what you wanted to do with your life?
Coming into Norwich, I had planned on commissioning into the United States Army

Did you have a plan B?
The military did not work for me, so I pushed forward in finding a job in law enforcement.

In what ways do you feel like Norwich prepared you for your career?
Norwich taught me a number of qualities and characteristics necessary in law enforcement, such as: discipline, leadership, time management and working through stressful situations.

What methods did you use to find your current job; Norwich network, Career Center, parents and friends, professors, social media like LinkedIn or Facebook, etc.?
I utilized the Career Center at Norwich as much as possible, at least once a semester during my time at Norwich. Additionally they helped me in obtaining an internship, writing my resume and preparing for job interviews.

What do you love most about law enforcement?
I love that working in law enforcement I’m always encountering different situations, and unlike other careers there is no “rule book,” you’re simply learning as you go. Also I enjoy giving back to my community, knowing I’m making a difference.

If you could give advice to a current student what would you tell them?
You’ll always hear the phrase “Norwich is what you make of it.” Take that to heart and put in 110% of your effort 100% of the time if you want to come out successful. Good luck. Essayons!

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