Jack Rooney | July 21, 2020
Carrie Sweeney ’03 has spent much of her career learning on the job in fast-paced, high-tech environments.
As she has risen through the ranks of companies like Google and Pinterest, Sweeney has drawn on the strong foundation she built as a Program of Liberal Studies major at Notre Dame.
“Spending those four precious years on campus doing something that you can’t do any other time — shaping your worldview, your ethos by engaging with great texts — that’s just irreplaceable,” Sweeney said. “You can go learn about balance sheets afterward, whether that’s on the job or by getting an MBA. But there’s never going to be a time in life when you can really grapple with foundational ideas as effectively as you can while you’re at Notre Dame.”
Especially in the ever-changing tech world, Sweeney relies on the core skills she developed in PLS — collaboration, critical reading and thinking, and effective communication.
“Those are fundamental skills that are required for success in any career, and especially a career in the business and technology world,” she said. “It’s fast-paced. Things are changing a lot, and you’re working with a lot of cross-functional teams. So those critical thinking and communication skills are at the root of everything we do.”
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