Lynn Charles '97

Location: Oregon
Major(s) and Minor(s): History major; Economics-Accounting minor
Thesis title and/or topic/description: "Resolving Communism & Nationalism in South African Context—the Ideology of the South African Communist Party, 1921-1963"

What have you done since graduation?

15 years of Corporate Finance, various companies & sectors; attended PhD History program at Northwestern for all of one quarter.

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

First off, majoring in History was fulfilling, regardless of the career prospects. From an early age, I loved reading history books, because I felt understanding the past helped me understand the present and future. Studying history at the Claremont Collages (I took history classes on all campuses except Pitzer) taught me to how to think and learn, develop a theory/thesis/argument and defend it with evidence, and, most importantly, write well. These were transferable skills to Corporate Finance once I decided academia wouldn’t be my ultimate vocation. I know for a fact that they were critical to me landing my first job and probably several subsequent ones over the years. Technical finance skills can be taught on the job; in my experience, critical thinking and proper grammar, not so much.

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