Career Networking Program Making Sure the Future is Now

From first-years to seniors, “Ask the NetWick” is making a difference. An informational interview initiative that falls under the umbrella of the NetWICK, the program matches a student on TrueBlue Connect with an alum based on career/industry interest or affinity.

For Jacob Keyes ’24, a double major in history and environment, sustainability and society with a minor in peace and conflict studies, it meant a match with Michael Doherty ’73, who graduated from Hartwick with a degree in biology and then went on to earn two master’s degrees and have a successful 46-year career in strategic military and civilian service.

Jacob Keyes

“Doherty's experience in environmental planning across local, military and federal employment opened me up to a few new sections of environmental opportunities I had not considered before. New opportunities and positions are on my radar because of our conversation.”

Jacob Keyes '24

History and Environment, Sustainability and Society Double Major; Peace and Conflict Studies Minor

The new program also gets students thinking about their future as soon as they arrive on campus. First-year student Taylor Stalker ’26, enrolled in Hartwick’s three-year bachelor’s degree program, was connected with Emilee Patterson ’19, who is currently pursuing graduate studies in biological studies at Vanderbilt University.

Taylor Stalker

“It is super helpful to have this connection right now. Patterson gave me invaluable advice for the career path that I am pursuing and said I can reach out whenever. She also encouraged me to make the most of my time at Hartwick and go on a J Term trip.”

Taylor Stalker '26

Biology Major

Jess Flatley ’24, a public health major with a minor in educational studies, had the opportunity to talk to Seth Lucas ’10, vice president of child development for the YMCAs of Boston. 

Before we spoke, I thought I was going to be a preschool teacher,” said Flatley. “Seth was able to share a lot of great insight on other professions and pathways to explore. It is just one of the many opportunities offered that makes career development special at Hartwick College.

Jessica Flatley

"I needed help in every aspect of my job search and was shown everything - step-by-step - which also gave me the skills to do these things by myself in the future.”

Jess Flatley '24

Public Health Major; Educational Studies Minor

The inaugural “Ask the NetWICK” program got off to a great start during J Term, engaging close to eighty participants, including 40 students and 40 alumni volunteers. To participate in a current or upcoming “Ask the NetWICK” program, sign up on TrueBlue Connect under “Programs” or contact

March 5, 2024
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