Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010
For a Hobart or William Smith student interested in breaking into the competitive world of business, the Pre-Business plan presents an excellent opportunity to learn what it takes to succeed. "This is a liberal arts institution," explains Assistant Professor of Economics Warren D. Hamilton. "Because of that, we are looking to show how the liberal arts develop critical thinking skills. It allows a student to be a much more valuable contributor in graduate school or the business world."
Hamilton has recently been appointed Pre-Business Adviser, a position integral to students interested in breaking into the world of business and finance. Within the economics department, Hamilton teaches primarily business oriented courses in accounting, corporate finance, managerial economics and investments, making him an ideal candidate for the position of adviser.
As Pre-Business Adviser, Hamilton will work in conjunction with the Salisbury Center for Career Services to make students aware of any business seminars, field visits, or internship opportunities. Hamilton will also work with students to improve networking and interviewing skills, as well as aid students in creating business specific cover letters and resumes.
Perhaps most importantly, the plan serves to create competent and creative contributors and problem solvers in today's market. "We look across the disciplines to develop qualitative and quantitative skills, making our students more competitive," explains Hamilton. "Hobart and William Smith students need to know how to do well in interviews; and, they need to develop the skills to answer questions creatively."
Although Hamilton teaches in the economics department, not all of his student advisees are economics majors. "The students in the Pre-Business plan come from all departments on campus," says Hamilton. "They are psychology, sociology, political science, math and economics majors. I can help these students pick courses that correspond to the recommendations of their primary major advisers."
"I think students have the wrong idea that they have to go to business school as an undergraduate to succeed in the business world," says Hamilton. "I have an obligation to help these students realize they are getting the best possible education to prepare them for their future."
Hamilton has a B.A. from Eisenhower College in political sociology, and an MBA from Bryant College. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland.
In the photo above, Hamilton talks with Daniel Organ '11.