So here's a short little synopsis of my life: As you may recall, the
last time I wrote, I was in some serious despair. Luckily, several
knights riding on white stallions came to my rescue, in the form of a
new job. In the middle of all of my angst, I received a phone call from
one of four people who left Chase's project finance group to join
Societe Generale's project finance group, the purpose being to develop
the group into a major international player, and they actually wanted to
interview me to join them.
Well, the interviews went well (words like,
I hate investment banking culture, where anytime anyone makes a mistake,
they get yelled at rather than taking that opportunity to actually teach
them something...), and they offered me the job, all in the midst of my
own job angst. Leaving seemed to be the thing to do at CSFB, as five
other people did as well, within three weeks of each other (including
our Linda Cangiano). All very exciting. So, I'm essentially angst-free
at the moment, pleased with the opportunity that I received and the
decision that I made. The only downside is that now that I'm working for
the French rather than the Swiss, my fashion sense is definitely joining
to have to improve.
[With all this exitement Beth forgot to mention she has a new email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), the product of a saturday afternoon shopping for a notebook PC and an evening's worth of phonecalls to technical support. In between there was a saunter amid the dinosaurs of the Museum of Natural History--Stefan]
First, may I thank Gioia and Sebastian for choosing my birthday, and my
favourite town, for the day of their wedding, and wish them much happiness.
I shall spend the next 6 (well, 5 1/2) months in Jena, Germany. In case the
guys in Sofia cannot figure out how to re-direct my e-mail address, I may
be reached at email@example.com
I know that many SAIS alumni have difficult finding work and especially
internships so in order to help understand how to go about identifying
opportunties, I submit the following. This is how young college-aged
students start their job searches in Kyrgyzstan. This young man is
informing me for the first time of his interest in my company. I think we
can all learn a valuable lesson from this real-life example though I'm not
certain what that lesson is.
> Good afternoon!!
> My name is Sapar. I am a second year student of
>Kyrghyz-American school. So I have a business to you. Could you
>offer me a job for summer time, if, of course, it's possible.
>I want to get much more experience from working in such an
>financial organizations, because I want to be a finance guy.
>So send me you comments on it as fast as you can.
>Thanks for your attention!!!
I particularly like his clear focus--he wants "to be a finance guy."
Anyone still looking for work should feel free to copy this example. Just
be sure to replace "finance guy" with your own career goal--"marketing guy",
"president guy", "writer guy", etc. You get the point.
The news that Kathy Blake broadcast about Roger Casales deserves a full
commentary. Our election campaign was a boring, dreary affair - but the
night itself and the day after were incredible.
The Conservatives were destroyed - it was fantastic. Almost as fantastic as
watching Matthew Rose's face drop and continue to drop as the first few results
came in. He is a true blue supporter; I a Labour man. And we had a very
large bet riding on the election: suffice it to say that he owes me a
slap-up meal at the best fish restaurant in Britain. But to his eternal
credit, almost alone among a throng of die-hard Labour fans, he withstood
the meltdown far better than most Conservative MPs.
For a meltdown it was and a joy to behold - as a series of my least
favourite politicians were wiped from the political map, including my boss -
Malcolm Rifkind. The Foreign Secretary was the most eminent of the Scottish
Conservatives to be eradicated in scenes that made Macbeth look like a
nursery rhyme. NO Welsh MPs, No Scottish MPs - merely a rump of English
nationalists which is what the Conservative Party has now been reduced to.
And the great thing is that they just don't get it - even now, some of them
are showing just how long headless chickens can appear to live for. Those
misfits that somehow managed to survive seem to think that unthinking
anti-Europeanism will win them the next election. We hope and pray that the
rounds of internecine bloodletting continue - it will make great viewing and
ensure that our new masters remain in power for a very long time yet.
In the midst of this mayhem, Roger was elected MP for Wimbledon; yes,
Wimbledon. Home to nicely rolled grass and finely rolled vowels;
strawberries and cream; hats and cliches galore. It was approximately the
170th most likely seat to go Labour. It is almost the equivalent of DC
going Republican. Amazing.
But the night itself was merely the prelude to the extraordinary events the
next day. My office has a balcony overlooking Downing Street and so I could
watch the clinical, brutal transfer of power. Major's stuff out the back
and into a removal lorry, Tony and Cherry-blossom in the front. The scenes
were incredible. Perhaps it was run-of-the-mill stuff for the USA where
politicians can and do receive star receptions, but here they don't. They
may be liked, respected, hated, admired - but Friday morning saw huge scenes
of emotion. Raw joy. I think that is the best way to put it. It was a
reaction to 18 years of single party rule that had recently gone badly off
the rails. And the reaction came out below me in Downing Street as sound
cascaded up between the walls of the Foreign Office, No.10 and the Cabinet
Office. Chants of Tony, Tony, Tony and endless, rolling noise. He provided
the focus for the crowd, so happy to be rid of the other lot... finally.
True, they were all Party workers, but it was still great!
Oh, and my Mum saw me on the telly (it made up for the result - she votes tory)
Just to let you know, Roger Casales (MAIA first semester our
year in Bologna) was elected as a Labour MP from Wimbledon.
Adriana Cordali sent some email telling me she was in New York with her husband. When I called to ask how long she was planning to stay, she said "forever." Another SAIS graduate settles in the big apple.
Thanks for writing in this past week even if I couldn't update the website right away. I was in Washington DC for a week on a bureau visit (I work for Bridge News) and this time didn't have the tools of the trade with me.
Quick synopsis: Everybody I met seems to be doing very well. As always happens, I randomly ran into SAISers I didn't even know were in town... Matteo Borkowski having lunch at a sidewalk restaurant--he is recovering well from a knee operation following a rather enthusiastic game of soccer--and Sophie Claudet, looking even greater than usual in late afternoon Adams Morgan sunshine.
Tonje Vetleseter's complaints about the men in DC have recently abated... Charles Kenny is paradoxically trying to regain his innocence when it comes to relationships--Catholic guilt?... Manuel Terranova is doing rather better than his VW beetle, and is planning to move to Palo Alto for his job at Xerox (he does their website)... Kathleen Kelly is by all accounts keeping him wrapped around her finger... Martina Ban is succesfully luring many (mostly male) Latin American clients to the consultancy she works for, right above the coolest eurotrash cafe in DC (caffe Sesto, 15th and K). We had a great night out with Manuel at a concert at the 9:30 club, thanks in no small part to our elective affinity for gin and tonics... Makram Ouaiss is working too hard, as usual...
Zach Messitte won against me at backgammon. We played for high stakes: I now owe him infinite respect.
First of all, note the new e-mail address. I've fallen in love, taken the
plunge and changed my name. ...I'm now awaiting further instruction
After several months of wedding planning syndrome (the symptoms of
which bear a remarkable similarity to PMS -- extreme crabbiness,
random outbursts of tears, giving in to the desire to eat entire
double-batches of cookies, etc...poor Jim) our wedding was damn good!
We kept it very small (but to anyone who might feel slighted, I swear
your invitation just got lost in the mail). The day was perfect, the chapel
was perfect, the ceremony was perfect, and the reception was damn
fun. We abandoned our guests the next day and took off for the best
3800 kilometer road trippin' honeymoon imaginable.
Four weeks into it, I'd like to verify that "wedded bliss" does, in fact,
exist. So for the benefit of those of you lamenting your cronic
singleness, I might suggest that you actually go on a date with that cute
guy/girl who's been in hot pursuit despite your repetition of "I just want to
be friends". Who knows....
Please add me to the SAIS mailbox. I'm thrilled to connect with SAISers
around the globe! I have recently married and have given up the Goodwin
name for my mother's maiden name of Carraher. Several classmates were
at the wedding last August on Lake George, NY. I am living in Boston
and have just started working for Citizens Power, a power marketer, as
an Energy Analyst. I often am nostalgic for those Bolognese memories
and see many friends in the DC area. Jenny Gayer was here last weekend
and made me revisit our nation's short history in a walk along the
Freedom Trail. Hope all is well with you. The site looks fantastic!! [Thanks!--Stefan]
Life is great out here in Northern California, although I am getting a
little sick of all the sun. SAIS seems far away, both intellectually and
geographically. I started out flying to Beijing for a week every
month--great for the 1k account, bad for the sleep rhythms. It became
apparent after a few months that our money would get a better a return
in a checking account than it would in Beijing, so we pulled the plug.
I've been to Tokyo a few times and seen several SIASers, including John
Chesen (PanAmSat), Chris Reidl (ING-Barings) and Mark Tannenbaum
(Bloomberg Business News). They are all doing very well. Tokyo is great,
provided someone else is paying. I've also seen all the SAIS bankers in
Hong Kong (too many to mention, but all doing well)
I'm now in charge of a pretty big Internet site--www.dbc.com. We provide
financial news and information, so if you need to check your portfolio
come pay us a visit. I must say I miss thinking about the "bigger
issues", but working on the Web is very cool, once you can cut through
all the hype. I still get my Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, but
I''ve noticed that every issue takes me a little longer to get through.
Just wanted to write and update everyone;
Jenny Gayer, Hazlyn Fortune and I got
together with Marilyn (Laurenzano) von
Hoenning-O'Carroll last night at her parents
and got to see her beautiful daughter,
Angelina. Janos was there, of course; the
family looks great and seems to be doing
well, but I'll let Marilyn update you on
All is well here. Adam and I just
celebrated our "demi-anniversary" (6 months
together) and went to Arena Stage to see
"Sunday in the Park with George." (Personal
review: unless you REALLY like Sondheim,
it's probably not worth it, but we had fun
I'm sorry so many of you are down or
experiencing angst or ennui or whatever you
care to call it. I know that, when in that
state, hearing friends' banal stories of
happiness and cheer doesn't necessarily
cheer most people. Therefore, I shall keep
my satisfaction with my job and personal
life more or less to myself. I wish
everyone the best of luck in finding jobs
and/or significant others that/who make them
Take it easy and keep writing; this is a
great way to keep in touch, if only
I can't remember when I last submitted anything to the page so it's hard
to know where to begin. The most recent change for me was my resignation
from my current position as a policy analyst for an energy consulting
firm in Washington DC. I decided that the politics in a small firm with
weak management was more than my patience could stand. So I'm on the
hunt for a new job.
Typically major changes like this one make my worry factor go over
acceptable levels but it was so clear that things as they stood were not
working out that I'm calmly figuring out how to pay the rent and get
those letters and interviews set up. I've also decided to try to find a
position in California (preferrably the SF Bay area) since there is
where the action is these days in states which are restructuring their
A shift from the East to the West coast is a major thing, but I really
feel I need the change. If only for a few years. My last day at work
will be May 15th so my e-mail address will change soon. Like many of
you, I await with great anticipation "The Wedding" in Bologna this May.
My finances are strained but what else is new. Until I find that rich,
handsome Japanese guy in my future this is my lot.
Ivette and I live in Capitol Hill right now, so far so good in the
murder Capitol of the U.S. I'm looking forward to leaving DC, for all
its problems I prefer NYC. If anyone knows of jobs in the energy sector
in the San Francisco area, please let me know. I promise to keep in
Ciao for now. ;) Hazlyn