Eric Hollander, B.S. 1996

Director of Executive Recruiting, Guaranteed Rate – Chicago, IL (working remote in OH)

1996 Major: Biology

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"I worked in molecular genetics research for two years after Duke. The chance to go very, very deep gave me a chance to understand how to prioritize objectives, relentlessly pursue answers to questions, draw conclusions from data, and synthesize that information into bigger, more impactful things. That's all transferrable to almost anything we do professionally. Not everyone thinks that way. It's a differentiator to which I credit my professional success."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"Go deep but make sure to take off the blinders. Look around every now and then to make sure that it's what you thought it'd be. If not, have the courage, take the risk, advocate for yourself, and make a change. Nobody cares as much about you as you."

Eric Hollander with woman