Never in my life have I considered working at a bank- it just never crossed my mind. After the road trip I could 100% see myself working at Bank of America. I was more than impressed with their presentation to us. The fact we heard the Chief Technical Officer speak says enough for itself, plus the phenomenal view. That presentation truly inspired me to look into a technical career at Bank of America, which is totally off my planned track of accounting.
I really enjoyed the road trip for many reasons: I learned so many new things, met new people from the ischool and had such cool experiences (and food.) It was hard being a freshman at the presentations because being only one month in everything they said was a different language but there were also advantages to being young. I got great insight on what courses to take and who to talk too in the future. This gives me four whole years to jump start my career. Although I am still unclear about many things they spoke about it makes me eager to learn. Another plus of the trip was I got to bond with other fellow ischool students. I met some very nice and helpful upperclassmen while also getting to bond with other freshmen. I can easily say I made a few new friends on this trip which is really exciting. Lastly was the cool experiences, we got to see places that some employees haven’t even seen. One of the presenters at Bank of America said that was his first time on the 51st floor, while one of the presenters from Deloitte also said she had never been to that location. Every company put on their A game in order to impress US. The food was also terrific, especially the appetizers served at Beer Authority. This road trip certainly clarified companies I have no interest in working for as well as taught me new places I could see my future.
Like I said before being a freshman is hard. We still lack knowledge and don’t have the same networking skills as the upperclassmen. I found it hard to know how to network correctly and couldn’t formulate questions as intelligent as some of the older people. I hope by the time next road trip comes up this will have changed and I can make some connections that will last me a long time.
Overall I wouldn’t change a thing about the road trip (except maybe maybe more sleep) and am looking forward too many more with my ischool family.