Overall, I had a really great time on the road trip. For me I just transferred into the iSchool from Arts and Sciences so going on this trip really helped me to see the career opportunities that I could have with a degree in IT. This trip showed me that finance may not be my main interest and something I want to do after graduation, but I am glad I got to go on the trip see the different companies and find out that this may be something I am not interested in. However, at one of the companies (EY) when talking to Edwina she showed that although you may be working for a finance company it is really a technology company and you can use your degree in many different ways. EY was really nice in that they allowed for a lot of flexibility where you could try different jobs and really find what you like and were passionate about.
In addition, I had no idea that internal audit could be a career option for someone with a major in Information Management and Technology. When we visited Goldman Sachs they talked about how technology used in audit is becoming increasingly popular and they are looking for people with strong technical backgrounds to help them. Overall, I think this trip helped to show me that although finance may not be my primary interest, it is definitely something to consider because it offers so much flexibility. I really loved how EY kind of talked about shaping your career to what you like to do. Overall, I really learned that these are technology companies that happen to do finance. Also, my favorite thing that I learned at J.P. Morgan from one of the alum was that “Networking is one letter away from not working.” The trip was a really fun experience and helped me to learn how to better network and connect with employers as well as alum. Being able to speak to such high-ranking people within the companies was an amazing experience that I probably would never get if I did not attend this road trip.