Welcome to “3 Questions with …”, a recurring feature on the Career Center blog. We’re asking alumni of all graduation years and career interests to share a bit of their experiences and advice.
Adam Helitzer E’14 Chief of Staff, ECP (Extended Care Pro)
- In just a few sentences, please tell us about your current job.
I work at a small software company that serves the assisted living industry. I work on various strategic projects ranging from selecting and implementing new software tooling (e.g. Hubspot, Zoom, Notion) to working with our finance team to keep our accounting up to date to onboarding enterprise customers. It’s a jack-of-all-trades role and my responsibilities often shift as we continue to grow our team and take on new challenges.
- How did your time at Tufts influence your career journey?
During my time at Tufts, I learned that I could solve complex problems, even if I couldn’t see the solution when I started working on it. I also developed strong quantitative skills, figuring out how to produce a DCF is comparatively easy when you’re used to having to work through thermodynamics problem sets. Also notably I started to develop a professional network, an older teammate on the crew team lead me to work in my first role at Epic, and a close friend prompted me to apply to HBS’s 2+2 program.
- What advice would you offer to a student who wants to pursue a career path like yours?
I’m not really sure that I have a career path in the traditional sense of the phrase. I have somewhat of a ‘career philosophy’ which boils down to realizing that the future is hard to predict so try to keep finding opportunities that are good intersections of what you’re interested in, what you’re good at, and what the economy is rewarding and then keep re-assessing every couple of years. Think critically, stay open to opportunity, and avoid being weighed down by sunk costs.