Students get a glimpse at careers during Binghamton in the City 2018
New York City may have been cold and snow covered, but it didn't stop students from visiting employers and connecting with alumni and employers over winter break. 'Binghamton in the City' is a week designed to help students interact with alumni who work in the Greater New York area, see various work environments, learn about different professions and industries, and expand their networks. This week of events took place from Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 until Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 and the number of attendees has continued to grow each year, and this year was no different.
The week featured 53 Employer Site Visits with nearly 1,100 total student attendees and 473 unique student attendees. Metro Connections Night, the culminating event of the week, had 300 Binghamton University students and featured over 100 alumni. Other events of the week, like Ice Skating in Bryant Park, saw over 500 attendees, and merged professionalism and entertainment so students and alumni could engage in a more informal way.
Paul Deamer, senior assistant director of employer and alumni outreach for the Fleishman Center, said that while the number of students and employers participating were similar to those of 2017, 10 new employers were welcomed to the program this year. He also said the program was a great way for alumni to give back to the University and help future fellow alumni.
"A significant amount of planning and logistics go into making the employer visits work, so the Fleishman Center is grateful for the collaboration from our partner career offices as well as the Office of Alumni Engagement," Deamer said. "Recruiting cycles and budgets are constantly changing for employers, so it's important to be able to bring future talent to these employers each year."
Throughout the week, students went on Employer Site Visits, in which they witnessed a company culture first-hand, went on a company tour, and met with a panel of employees and alumni. These visits allowed students to expand their network and also gain a better understanding of employment opportunities in the companies. Visits ranged from AMC Networks to the Big-4 accounting firms, and Lenox Hill Hospital to Yelp.
Senior English major, Rachel Greenspan, said the week connected her with great people and helped her have a better idea of the career she wants to pursue.
"Binghamton in the City Week was one of the most helpful experiences I've had for my career search thus far," Greenspan said. "I am thrilled to have toured such interesting companies, met amazing people in the industry I'm looking to work in, and made connections with inspirational alumni and made connections that will stay with me."
Thursday night, students took their networking skills to the Marriott New York East Side Hotel during Metro Connections Night. Students talked one-on-one to alumni during this networking event and were able to ask any questions they had and explore different career paths. The event benefited both students and alumni by allowing the students to not only build meaningful relationships, but also gain insight from alumni who were once in their shoes. Like the Employer Site Visits, there was a wide range of industries represented a mix of for profit, government and non-profit organization.
Amy Donovan, junior majoring in history, said that her experience at Metro Connections Night was eye opening and beneficial.
"Metro Connections Night allowed me to hear from varying perspectives from alumni in many different fields," Donovan said. "I received great advice from experienced professionals who were once in my exact position and I was also able to make new contacts that could potentially help me in the future."
Last year, the Employer Site Visit Program had such positive feedback that it expanded to Washington, D.C. The D.C. Employer Site Visit Program takes place during spring break in March and allows students to learn more about careers in D.C., polish professional development skills, and gain insights into working and living in D.C. Last year's program included visits with the U.S. Dept. of State, The Advisory Board, Pew Research, The Carlyle Group, Booz Allen Hamilton and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Students must attend an information session in order to register for a visit. The deadline to apply is January 28 at 5 p.m. For more information regarding the Washington, D.C. visits, visit our webpage.