With the goal of working as a life or health insurance actuary, Matt began applying for internships. He landed a role at Willis Towers Watson’s Boston office, but with their retirement consulting team. Despite never considering analyzing retirement plans, he fell in love with the work. In the time since his internship ended, Matt passed his actuary exam and was offered (and accepted) a post-graduation position as a retirement actuarial analyst in Willis Towers Watson’s Washington, D.C. office, where he’ll help corporations balance providing competitive retirement programs while managing cost and risk to the company.
For Matt, the position is literally close to home. A native of the Virginia/D.C. area, Matt knew he wanted to attend a small school in a big city. Emmanuel already “checked a lot of boxes” for him, but when he traveled to the region to tour campuses, one major thing set Emmanuel apart from other small, urban colleges. “I fell in love with the city, but also the fact that Emmanuel had its own campus,” he said. “Most other urban colleges were just a few buildings.”
While already considering Emmanuel, he was recruited for the soccer team, and it felt “meant to be.” After playing for two seasons for the Saints, injuries ended his college playing career, but he still considers the sport a huge part of his life, and where he met some of his best friends at Emmanuel.
Another cocurricular activity ended up giving Matt a huge boost when it came to landing his post-graduation job. As an Admissions Ambassador, he thought giving tours would just be a fun thing to do, but it turned out to be a great resume builder.
“It was really helpful to have this experience in the interview process,” he said. “Actuarial work is really consulting work, so they appreciated that I have years of public speaking in my background. It all came full circle.”