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Lally students Katie Conover ’11 and Matthew DiSalvio ‘11 at the New York Stock Exchange
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Lally Students Travel to NYC for Career Day
Dressed in business attire and braving the early-morning chill on March 31, 56 Lally undergraduates gathered at the Rensselaer Union to board buses heading to New York City. The students were participating in a Career Day program to meet with Rensselaer alumni hosts and learn about possible career options. The trip, organized jointly by Beth Ann Macey at the Lally School and Dawn Cairns-Weaver in the Career Development Center, was the fifth trip in what is becoming an annual tradition for Lally students.

Upon arrival in New York, the first stop was Goldman Sachs’ new $2.4 billion headquarters building in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the World Trade Center site. Students spent the morning with Kenneth Dupuis ’99, vice president at Goldman Sachs. Dupuis spoke with the students about his career at Goldman and the history of the firm. He also shared career tips and interview suggestions, and discussed “how to sell yourself” and strategies to use resumes and social networking to succeed in the job search process.

Later in the day, students met with other alumni hosts, including Sara Stylinski ’09, business analyst at Bank of America; Reed Kipp ’09, analyst at Ernst & Young; Mike Weiner ’89, M.S. ’91, director of engineering recruiting and training at FactSet Research Systems, and Mary Jo Sorrentino ’08, actuary at Chartis Insurance. During lunch, the alumni talked informally with small groups of students about life in New York as a new employee, preparing for the transition to a career, and personal job hunt and interviewing tips.

After lunch, the students broke into groups for corporate visits according to their area of interest. Lally professor Jeff Durgee accompanied a group to visit Richard Glassberg ’85, executive vice president, media sales group at TV Guide, to learn about careers in media. Another group stayed at Goldman Sachs to learn more about finance, and got to visit Goldman’s trading floor. Other groups went to Bank of America with Sara Stylinski, Ernst & Young with Reed Kipp, and with Beth Macey to visit the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

“I was one of the three students who met with Reed Kipp from Ernst & Young,” said Alexander Bringsjord ’11. “It was very refreshing to be able to meet with someone who was right out of RPI and had only been working in finance-related fields for about a year. It was great to make a connection that hit so close to home, and he gave my fellow students and me valuable insight in terms of looking to the future.

“I gained a lot of strategic information about internships, and what companies such as Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young are looking for in young employees,” Bringsjord continued. “I would absolutely recommend to future students to go on the trip. If a student is interested in a career on Wall Street, it would be intelligent to take advantage of this trip; it really gave me a solid idea of what the culture of that type of work is like, and made my desires to enter the world of finance even stronger.”

“This event grows each year,” said Durgee. “Next year, we would like to have even more of our great City alumni ‘adopt’ a student or two for lunch and an early afternoon visit to their offices.”
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 7, April 16, 2010
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