I had just transferred into the iSchool this semester and was unsure whether or not I wanted to go on this trip because I didn’t think I was ready in my knowledge of technology to network without any experience in this field. I never in a million year imagined myself working at a bank or as a consultant, but to my surprise, I loved the trip and every aspect of it. Something I thought I would never consider as part of my career path after graduating, I now see as a very possible option for my future.
To start off, my favorite part of the trip was the alumni event because of the amount of networking we were able to do. I have already contacted numerous alumni about different opportunities and was able to learn more about their experiences after they graduated from Syracuse University. It was interesting to learn about all the pros and cons of working at these different companies from the perspective of SU alumni.
There were two companies that stuck out to me the most (Bank of America and Ernst & Young). The panelists as well as the key-note speaker at Bank of America spoke with passion about what they did and were very genuine about their jobs within the corporation. It seemed as though they really cared about the students in the iSchool and wanted to reach out to students who were interested. At Ernst and Young, it felt like there was an immense amount of support and team effort in working with their client. They also talked about how in the first two years at EY, there are opportunities to look into different jobs within the firm, which showed how willing they were to keep their employees.
The trip nonetheless helped me realize that there were many more options for my career path than I had anticipated. The alumni event as well as the many other sites we visited left me very open minded to opportunities that may come my way. I left the trip knowing iSchool is unique of the colleges within SU and it’s that family feel you get from everyone, from peers to administrators, who want you to succeed.