Ada Wan ’14

Internship: Google

I eventually want to be a human capital leader in technology and the curriculum is going to help me speak to the different players in an organization and be a more well-rounded leader.

I did recruiting before coming to Yale, but I had never had much opportunity to think about finance or strategy in my organizations. The integrated curriculum, at its core, is about thinking about different stakeholders in an organization—whether it is an employee or a chief financial officer or a customer—in order to understand how the entire organization works.

I eventually want to be a human capital leader in technology and the curriculum is going to help me speak to the different players in an organization and be a more well-rounded leader. But we also had an incredibly fascinating class on the employee, which gave me the chance to really dig into human capital, from recruiting to employee engagement to what to do with employee performance. We had a series of human capital case studies that really helped formalize a lot of the learning from my previous work in recruiting

The chances I’ve had to develop my leadership skills here—in both formal and informal ways—have been important too. I had the chance, early in my first year, to serve as a communications co-chair for the technology club. As someone who has a background in recruiting, I often get asked by peers to work with them on résumé-writing or interviews or networking. Being able to coach my peers, even as a first-year student, has really helped me build confidence in what I can offer and allowed me to get to know my peers at the same time. I think that leadership experience has been my favorite.

Interviewed on April 12, 2013.

Ada Wan

Internship: Google