Alexandra Brierley

2013 Major: Economics; Certificate, Markets and Management

Current Employer: New Mountain Capital — New York, New York

How has being an Economics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"Helped me build my foundation in both economics and finance, which were integral in my success right out of school.  I also discovered through the degree that I wanted to be in finance or an economics-related field in the long-term, which led to my decision to pursue the C.F.A. designation."

What advice would you give students in Economics?

"Talk to upperclassmen! Get involved in organizations on campus that are related to your interests.  Pick people's brains on the electives that are available, and try to select those that are interesting to you.  And, if you don't have the capacity to pursue all of your interests, at least try to audit some classes."