Brandeis Alumni in Government

Alumni: Alexander Goldstein, '06

Government Agency: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

1. What is your academic background (e.g., undergraduate major/minor, other education)?

Newton North High School class of 2002. Brandeis University Class of 2006. Politics major, journalism minor.

2. Please describe your career and how it aligns with your interests.

I’ve always been fascinated by politics and public service since a young age. Before I even graduated Brandeis, I had the opportunity to volunteer on the Deval Patrick for Massachusetts Governor campaign at a time when he was running bottom in the polls, if he was in the polls at all! As I continued to show commitment and enthusiasm for a cause I found to be not only worthy but inspirational, I was given increased responsibilities until I was finally brought on staff. That opened countless doors to me and has brought me to my position in the Patrick administration which I currently occupy – Press Secretary for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

3. What is unique about your job?

I’d say the most unique, if not cliché part of my job, is that every day is a different challenge. The story of the day can be anything from a major announcement of recovery dollars from the White House to a fire in a town that displaces workers and jeopardizes businesses. That said, the day to day task of making sure that Massachusetts workers are aware of all services that the state can offer them, especially in times of economic distress, is consistently rewarding.

4. Have you used Hiatt’s resources as a student or as an alum? If so, which services did you use and how have they helped you?    

Unfortunately when I was at Brandeis I was not really exposed to Hiatt. I’ve heard that it is as vibrant as ever and offering real help to those who need it!

5. What steps should students take during college to prepare for opportunities at organizations such as yours?

The importance of honing and perfecting your writing skills cannot be stressed enough. The number one complaint I hear from individuals in leadership across government is that basic writing skills have not been developed well enough. The ability to concisely and eloquently frame research, arguments, and essential communications are valued at a premium.

6. How can a Brandeis student distinguish himself/herself from other students applying for a job with your organization?

Humility, and the willingness to take whatever task comes your way is essential. Especially when students first graduate and are feeling a tad invincible and cavalier, the ability to walk into an interview with confidence but without arrogance does not go unnoticed. In addition to sizing up your qualifications, we are also looking at an applicants demeanor, and whether he or she would fit well into the office environment.

7. Do you have any other advice for Brandeis students?

Be proud of your Brandeis degree. Like any other student, you probably had your highs and lows at Brandeis. While Brandeis students joke that complaining is what we do best, the reality is that the more you show others that you value your education and experience at Brandeis, the more valuable your degree becomes. We are all spokespeople for the University, whether we love every minute or not! We can all contribute to the goals of the University, as well as the way it is perceived by others.