|Students Visit Alumni in New York City|
|Madison Square Garden, Colgate-Palmolive, Macy’s and Facebook all have offices in New York City.|
So do G2 Worldwide, Consolidated Carpet and VNS Choice.
And all have Ithaca College graduates working for them, who are happy to host visiting students and explain about job and internship opportunities and industry trends.
Twenty-two top students in marketing and management/international business spent two days in March visiting these and four other companies in a New York City trip arranged by the School of Business professional development coordinator, Jessie Stone He, and its alumni and corporate relations coordinator, Stephane Jean-Baptiste.
At all 11 companies, students met with human resources, recruiting and marketing managers and alumni with titles such as coordinator of team sales, group account director, president and CEO, vice president of marketing and vice president of human resources.
“Opportunities like this are extremely rare, and I'm so happy I was able to take advantage of it,” said Benjamin Smith ’13, a marketing major.
“Being able to see the real culture, makeup of the offices and the interactions between employees really helped me get the most out of this trip. I was able to see the kind of companies I would like to work for. Many of those companies I never would have considered applying for unless I went on this trip to see them in person.”
The inside perspective on each company was invaluable, said Anna Isachenko ’14, an international business and management major: “You are able to envision yourself working at the sites you visit and truly understand if this is what you want to pursue. I felt empowered by meeting different representatives because they all offered a sense of hope and actual opportunities.”
Speakers also imparted wisdom that the students appreciated.
“One of my favorite parts of the visit was hearing over and over again that ‘If you feel that you are not learning anymore, it’s time to move on,’ ” said Gizem Kocak ’16.
At every stop, speakers stressed the value of networking.
“It made me realize that networking is the most important aspect of getting a job and therefore I will be able to attend a lot more of the networking events,” said Sophie Beckerman ’14, a marketing major.
“I began networking at this event. It made it easier knowing some people around you and that this was the sole purpose for you being there. The presenters' encouragement to network and hearing their stores have made me decide that my career choice is for me. Seeing it in action as we visited each of these firms is how I made that decision,” said Alice Lainez ’15, a dual major in accounting and integrated marketing communications.
“The opportunity to participate in trips such as this, where students visit a number of companies and hear advice on how to get jobs and to succeed once they have positions, is invaluable,” said Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman. “We are grateful to our alumni who host our students and provide great role models.”
The 11 companies were selected based on what students were interested in, where internship and job opportunities existed and where IC has strong alumni connections, said Stone He. Several of the companies immediately followed up with internship opportunities for her office to promote and several students have interviewed with some of the companies, she added.
Among the hosts were David Meberg ’85, president and CEO of Consolidated Carpet; Chris Palmieri ’96, president of VNS Choice Health Plans; and Michael Kaplan ’85, group account director at G2 Worldwide, a global brand activation network.