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Molly Ford, BA’09

While Northeastern alumni are all part of the great Northeastern family, recent graduate Molly Ford can literally say that she hails from a true Northeastern family.

Her sister Teri is a sophomore, and her parents, Thomas, E’78, and Heather, E’79, ME’87, were introduced by their Northeastern co-op advisor. Today, her parents stay connected to the university by hiring Northeastern alumni.

Molly is proud of coming from a Northeastern family, and just as proud of her own co-op experiences. Ford credits co-ops with helping her secure a full-time position as a recruiter at Salesconx in Manhattan.

Ford’s first co-op position was as an accounting assistant/receptionist at Hay Group, a global management-consulting firm in Boston. It was an opportunity to network in the business world and start observing how things work behind the scenes.

“I think it was a good first co-op because I really didn’t have a lot of office experience before,” said Ford, who founded the blog smartprettyandawkward.com, an advice column for young female professionals.

In her second co-op as an accountant in the sales department of Lawyers Weekly Publications in Boston, Ford said she hosted meetings with the marketing department and showed them changes to the billing process over time. “I felt like I was really trusted and I had a lot of responsibility."

For her final co-op, Molly worked in the Futures Account Management department at Goldman Sachs, where, among her other duties, she connected with major banks to track the movement of money and ensure that payments in and out happened on schedule.

“I feel so proud that I went to Northeastern,” says Molly. “The co-op experience worked.”

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