This trip was hands down the best experience I have ever had at a school sponsored event in all my years of being in school. Visiting and touring the different companies and seeing their terrific buildings was inspiring. However the highlight of my trip was listening to these high level employees as well as alumni speak about how influential technology is in their field. That the whole reason that these companies can stay on top of the competition is the constant focus of implementation of the latest and greatest technologies. There was a common phrase that was echoed in various ways by each of the financial companies which was “They are a technology company that happens to be in the financial business.” A lot of the people we spoke with in the financial sector talked about how important the technology background is but to also expand your horizons from data basing to some sort of financial classes. This definitely gave me something to think about as to what I should maybe take as a minor in to improve my chances to work for one of these companies. I really enjoyed visiting as well with the biggest consulting firms in the world. Hearing employees as well as their superiors talk about how great a Syracuse University education is reassured me that I made the right decision in coming here and that I will be prepared when it is time for me to enter the working world. For example EY talking about how they are the largest SU recruiter shows how fond they are of the readiness of their graduates.
Also the networking events after each visit and at the Beer Authority was terrific. I was able to speak to alumni from Syracuse and learn about their personal experiences as to how Syracuse prepared them for their positions that they are currently in. I was also able to speak about myself and what my goals are, what I am studying and where I hope to be in the future. These events were great also because after speaking with some former alumni they gave me there personal emails or business cards to send over my resume personally. What I stated in the paragraph above as well as in this one has also helped me to narrow down what internships I want to pursue and apply to for the summer of July 2016.
Being a transfer student this trip has helped me to also get to know some of my current classmates as well as faculty at SU. This was great because it only allowed me to be more engaged in the iSchool community and feel more a part of the family. It has allowed me to feel more comfortable in my decision of transferring here. Overall I can not stress how grateful I am for having this opportunity that was presented to me. I really appreciate SU for allowing this to happen as well as appreciate the hard work and dedication of the staff that made this trip possible. It gave me so much knowledge as well as determination to continue to do well in my studies to hopefully get a job at one of these terrific companies that we visited. I hope that these events continue to happen and will apply again to the next one because nothing but great knowledge and contacts can come from the experience.