City week provides more occasions to give back to students
By Steve Seepersaud
If your image of college students on break is of young men and women vegging out at home, you must be thinking of students from someplace else because hundreds of Binghamton University students were determined to make good use of their time away from campus.
With an expanded set of winter recess programming in the Metro New York region, students had ample opportunities to explore careers and employers, and form new connections with alumni who are willing to take questions and offer support.
Binghamton in the City week, a collaboration between the Alumni Association, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and the University's schools, offered a diverse set of programs in and around New York City, from Jan. 11-15. While the University has always offered employer visits, coursework and mentoring events, this year's series had more events, and the result was even greater opportunity for students to gain something valuable for their career progression and for alumni to give back and make a difference.
The most striking example of this growth was Metro Connections Night (formerly known as Metro Career Night), a forum for students to meet alumni in a wide variety of fields within a single evening, and explore careers through one-on-one conversations.
With student and alumni attendance dramatically increasing in recent years, this year's event took place at Gotham Hall, a venue that easily handled the 340 students, more than 130 alumni volunteers, 80 parents and 40 staff members who attended. The desire to make connections, give or receive advice, and see an awesome historic site (former home of the Greenwich Savings Bank, built in 1922) were all factors that led people to attend Metro Connections Night. Photo by Justin Hoch '04.
“I met some amazing students, some of whom have already been in contact with me to apply for summer internships,” said Seth Jarrett ’91, owner and executive producer of Jarrett Creative in New York City, who volunteered to speak with students.
"This Metro Connections Night was the best yet," said Cory Jankow '11, senior associate, Marsh & McLennan Companies, a perennial volunteer at this event. "Apart from the venue being incredible, it was great to connect with others and talk passionately about my work with no expectations of employment. When you remove that from the equation, it loosens the students up and they can be themselves and not feel like they need to be 'on' all night."
Alumni hosted students at a total of more than 60 workplaces during the week. At these employer visits, alumni talked about their career paths and companies, gave insights into getting hired and navigating office culture, and answered students' questions. The employers available to students covered a wide variety of fields and included many well-known brands such as Google, the International Securities Exchange, JCrew, Madison Square Garden, New York Life and Teach for America. (Pictured above: Students at the charity:water employer visit hosted by Julia Gallus '06)
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