The Business of NYC Roadtrip was the second I’ve participated in during my time with the iSchool. I enjoyed both experiences, and found that I was able to compare and contrast different opportunities that are offered to IT students across different industries and geographic locations. New York really opened my eyes to the opportunities offered in consulting as well as the financial services industry. While the roadtrip is a great way to network and develop relationships with recruiters, it also provides a preview of what it might be like to work for these organizations. One of the most valuable things I think to be learned from this roadtrip is how we as individuals can develop and build our own career paths after we leave the iSchool.
Having traveled to 3 of the big 4 consulting firms, I picked up on a common theme. Recruiters from all 3 of these companies stressed the importance of finding what it is that you love, and doing it. 3 of the big 4 believe that you shouldn’t apply for a job just because it’s with a certain company, but because it’s the job that will let you do what you’re best at. As an undergrad applying to full time jobs, I found this advice to be invaluable. I also found that it’s not necessarily about what you know, but how you apply it, and your willingness to learn/grow. One of my favorite visits on the trip was to Bank of America. We heard from Rosa M. Ramos-Kwok, CTO of Global Wholesale Banking. She was able to share with us how much of an impact technology has on the every aspect of the bank. Being able to hear from someone so influential about our relevance in the banking industry as IT students reassured me (and everyone, I’m sure) that I am in the right place here at the iSchool. In addition to hearing from the CTO, I enjoyed the Q&A with multiple iSchool alumni at Bank of America as well as at the other visits we made around the city.
Seeing the familiar faces of the iSchool alumni settled into these impressive positions always makes the trip worthwhile. It shows how far the Syracuse and iSchool networks extend after college. We were able to draw connections between different courses and professors at the iSchool to a number of roles at these companies. Being able to see the iSchool curriculum and a career in IT come full circle is a truly wonderful experience that I might not have had if I didn’t sign up for this roadtrip.