The roadtrip for me was a rewarding experience. As a IM&T major and a finance minor this trip really benefitted me in showing what I would be doing with my job later in life and if I liked it. Personally, I liked the way the trip was set up and how the companies showcased what they offered in jobs and how they work with their employees. Personally, I thought the networking event at the rooftop bar was one of the best activities on the trip because you really got to talk to different SU alum in a more relaxed setting than a company, and learn more about the job, what different classes helped them from the iSchool, and what exactly you do in each company or job.
Personally, I really enjoyed visiting Bank of America, and EY. By taking us up to the 51st floor in the Bank of America tower it really impressed everyone, and the fact that some of the employers haven’t even been past the 5th floor really showed that they wanted to impress us and have us work for them in the future. I think that they’re speaker was really passionate about what she did and it really showed that she enjoyed working at the company and was never regretting coming to the office any day. When I was talking to someone during the Q&A time, I learned that the company is willing to work with you if you would like to switch departments. The fact that they would almost cater to your needs once you got the job really made me happy.
I also really enjoyed EY and their presentation. It was very informative and if I was to apply to a job today for EY I would know exactly what I wanted to do. That to me was very helpful. All the companies that we visited whether I liked them or not really explained to me what I would be doing with my major and minor in real life. That to me was the most important thing. Being a sophomore I basically know nothing about consulting or finance and only knew small details of what I would be doing. To actually go into the companies and hear different jobs in this field, and listen to Syracuse alum talk about how Syracuse prepared them so well comforted me. I knew that I was in good hands and would land an amazing job at these huge financial firms. It also taught me a lot about what I’d be doing and have an actual title of job for what I wanted to do. This trip really showed me what my future would look like and what I’d be doing.
Overall I thought this trip was really helpful in the aspect of networking and learning about the different jobs you can get in the consulting and financial firms. Personally I gained a lot from this trip whether it was due to networking, figuring out exactly what I wanted to do, or just making new friends. I really connected with people in the iSchool while getting to experience a something that no other schools can do. I would recommend to anyone to go on a road trip because all of the positive rewarding experiences that came out of it.