As a senior who has already signed an offer for after graduation, I was a little skeptical about attending the iSchool Road Trip as I figured most of the trip would be focused on getting students jobs. However I had heard only wonderful things about the trip in the past and decided to sign up anyways. I’m extremely glad that I did.
The trip was an action-packed, none-stop networking event. After graduation I will be working at EY as a technology consultant. The reason I initially signed up was to compare EY to the other Big Four companies that we were visiting, KPMG and Deliotte. I was surprised to find that every company had a slightly different culture and a different approach to recruiting students. EY is much more employee-oriented, and focused mainly on what the company can do for its employees. Deliotte went more in-depth on the cool projects that their consultants have the opportunity to work on. And KPMG discussed all the great benefits offered to the employees to best maintain a work-life balance.
As for the non-consulting companies, I was pleasantly surprised by their different approaches. My favorite company to visit was Bank of America. The woman who spoke was one of the Chief Technology Officers and she spent the beginning of her time discussing her past and how she ended up at BoA. She came from an under-privileged area and worked her way to the top. I thought it was highly motivational, particularly for the students in the room who might have similar backgrounds. She then went in to the details on the company and why it stands out from their competition. The session ended with a panel of iSchool graduates and a networking event.
JP Morgan, Fidelity, and Goldman Sachs all had different approaches. JP Morgan brought in all of their alumni to hold a panel and talk about how the iSchool benefited their future at the company. Fidelity took us on a tour and promoted their Leap Program. And the favorite for most of the students, Goldman Sachs, discussed their positions in Internal Audit and how they’re expanding their recruiting efforts to include the iSchool.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend.