Covering a variety of subjects during discussion, Zimbert focused on how a liberal art’s education has prepared him for vocational success.
After graduating with a double major in history and political science, Zimbert found his way into product development at the magazine The New Republic, where he currently creates digital medium for the magazine’s content.
During the discussion, he discussed the ways in which his career has taken many unexpected turns, and his liberal arts education led to a job in which he works with computer code daily.
The informal environment during “Dinner and Discussion” allowed the recent graduate to discuss the ways in which he thought Union’s campus has changed since his graduation in 2007.
Zimbert remarked that a talk such as the one he was hosting would unlikely have ocurred ten years ago, as today’s student body has accepted the minerva system more entirely than the students of his time.
Topics of discussion ranged from questions about student media habits, Zimbert’s own interests and political opinions, all of which Zimbert claims would not be out of place in his magazine The New Republic.
“Does anyone watch People vs. OJ on FX? It’s surprisingly amazing,” Zimbert comments, in correlation with the informal dinner environment.
On a more profesional basis, Zimbert provided students with political insight. When asked about his opinion of the current chaoes in the heat of the presidential primaries, Zimbert remarked: “I’d like to think there is some budding entrepreneur on this campus who wants to disrupt these political parties.”
The recurring theme during the two hours of discussion was Zimbert’s career experience. Zimbert stressed that students should not plan or expect a career, but rather allow everything to fall into place. The values of a liberal arts education were emphasized, as he argued that “The most important skill in any job is communication.”
However, Zimbert did not forget to acknowledge that learning how to code was becoming more and more valuable to employers.
He also mentioned that it will be commonplace for today’s students to change jobs much more frequently than previous generations had. “I’ve had, what, 6 or 7 jobs since graduation?” he commented.
Zimbert’s overall theme was that the modern student must be flexible, as they are likely to find themselves in a job where many different fields converge, and a liberal arts education becmes very valuable.
As Zimbert says, the world will be changing rapidly once graduation day comes, and preparation at Union is key.