International Political Economy
Hourly Trader at ACES in Carmel, Ind.
After Sean Conley graduated in 2015, he began his career as an hourly market trader at ACES, a nationwide energy management company.
“Carthage was also very good at teaching me to be prepared and flexible. There were many times in my college career where, in the pursuit of a project, I would need to be able to juggle several resources and adapt as the situation changed. The same description can be applied to my career today.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I have enjoyed getting to see the ideas and concepts I learned in the classroom translate into real world functions of everyday life. Plus, it feels good to put the skills I’ve developed into action, maintaining a service, energy reliability, used by everyone on a daily basis.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“My participation in the Carthage in Chicago program was extremely helpful. While studying in Chicago, I was given the opportunity to intern with Satori Energy. These experiences were excellent preparation both in focusing my studies on the energy industry and in helping me find practical application for the skills I was going to have to market to potential employers in the very near future.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to thank David Wiers, Satori’s president and founder and Carthage alumnus, and … the Career Services Office for everything they did to help make that experience possible.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“Without going into too much boring detail, my job is mostly one of finance and market monitoring. However, I also have to know a lot of physics and mechanics of any local generation our members and clients own. Understanding these basics — and more importantly, the terminology I otherwise wouldn’t be familiar with — has help me become acclimated with the job and its requirements faster than if I were picking it up for the first time.”