Liberal Arts = Focused + Fast on your Feet
Sean Conley ’15
Now: Hourly market trader at the nationwide energy management company ACES.
Impact: Carthage’s focus on the liberal arts helped prepare Mr. Conley for a position that deals with physics, finance, and mechanics. He’s got the foundation to learn quickly on the job.
After Sean Conley graduated in 2015 with a degree in international political economy, he began his career as an hourly market trader at ACES, a nationwide energy management company.
“I monitor and evaluate our members’ and clients’ hourly electricity positions, market conditions, and other real time factors like weather, geological events, etc.,” he explains. “I also buy and sell electricity on their behalf, based on need or sudden changes in the market. Our main goal is to ensure energy reliability for all of our members and clients.”
When asked how Carthage has prepared him, Sean stated:
“My participation in the Carthage in Chicago program was extremely helpful. While studying in Chicago, I was given the opportunity to intern with Satori Energy. These experiences were excellent preparation both in focusing my studies on the energy industry and in helping me find practical application for the skills I was going to have to market to potential employers in the very near future.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to thank David Wiers, Satori’s president and founder and Carthage alumnus, and Carolynn Friesch in Career Services for everything they did to help make that experience possible.”
Being a market trader, Mr. Conley’s job deals with finance, physics, and mechanics. He credits Carthage and his liberal arts education for helping him understand the basics of all of these skills.
“Understanding these basics — and more importantly, the terminology I otherwise wouldn’t be familiar with — has help me become acclimated with the job and its requirements faster than if I were picking it up for the first time.”