UC Davis Managerial Economics

Students Benefit from Second Career Connections Speakers Series Event

Feb. 28, 2020

Thursday, February 20 saw the second Career Connections speaker series of the 2019-2020 academic year held in the ARE library. Hosted by the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics with support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the event once again featured two UC Davis alumni.

The first speaker, Patrick Archibeque serves as CEO of Rivermaid Trading Company and holds two degrees from UCD: a B.S. in Agricultural Science & Management and an MBA. Archibeque spoke about finding his passion through trial and error as well as with the aid of a UCD career counselor, who was instrumental in helping him discover his true interests. He continued to discuss the trajectory of his career, moving from farm labor, to plant management, and on to marketing and sales, and finally to his current position as CEO at Rivermaid. He advised undergraduate students in attendance to interact with faculty and take advantage of the expertise and connections they provide.

Following Archibeque, Frank Bernhard, Chief Data Officer at Green Dot Corporation, shared stories about his time at UC Davis and his work as an econometrician and consultant. Bernhard, who holds an undergraduate degree in managerial economics from UC Davis, encouraged students to think about how to take the science taught in the classroom and apply it to solve real world problems. He advised students to be entrepreneurial with their thinking and to question how they will leave their mark on the landscape. He also echoed the importance of finding good mentors.

At the close of the event, the floor was opened for a Q&A session. Students in attendance asked how to best stand out when applying for jobs after graduation as well as how data will be used in the future. Bernhard advised students to differentiate themselves from other job candidates by having a good story that illustrates how they are relevant and unique, while Archibeque encouraged new job seekers to ask questions and to show initiative. Bernhard closed the session with a brief conversation about data and the deep learning power of connected data sets.

Several students joined the speakers for a reception directly following the discussion. They were able to ask additional questions while enjoying provided refreshments and snacks.

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