Econ senior goes beyond classroom to pave career path
Darby Voisin is living proof that rewards come to those who go the extra yard.
The senior economics major from Anderson was a member of Clemson University’s Fiscal Challenge team, which won first place in a national collegiate competition in Washington last spring. This fall, at a Princeton University-sponsored event in New York City, her team of students from Stanford, Cornell and Bradley universities won a national competition presented by Ernst & Young, the world’s third largest audit firm.
Add to those extra-curricular activities numerous honors recognitions and her role as an economics tutor, and it’s easy to understand why she has already secured employment, including graduate school expenses, following commencement next May.
“What I’ve gained most from my experiences outside the classroom are good communication skills and teamwork,” said Darby, who will be employed by Ally Financial in Charlotte. “When you add in the problem-solving skills economics has taught me, I think my learning experience at Clemson has put me in a very good position.”
Recruited by Ally, the online banking giant, Darby will be employed full-time while working toward her master’s degree at UNC-Charlotte. She interned with Ally last summer in the company’s treasury division where she delved in the bank’s transactions, funding and borrowing of the bank’s money.
Darby was one of 130 college students nationwide to attend Princeton’s Business Today event last month in New York City. Her team’s solution to a business case study problem was anointed the best among all competitors. It was there she was presented yet another employment opportunity.
Ernst & Young’s head of cybersecurity and risk management presented her team prizes for winning their EY Case Study Competition. Beyond a Fitbit, sweatshirt and book on the Internet of Things, a standing offer of employment was presented to the four members of Darby’s team.
“It’s nice to have options, but I’m comfortable with where I’m headed career-wise,” Darby said. “From the critical thinking skills I’ve picked up in economics classes to the learning opportunities outside the classroom, I think the Clemson experience has prepared me well for the next phase of my life.”
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