Stu­dents im­merse them­selves in ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - WEATHER - By Olivia Drake

MID­DLE­TOWN — Forty-six Wes­leyan stu­dents in­ter­ested in fi­nance, jour­nal­ism, pub­lic health, tech­nol­ogy, the­ater and mu­sic had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a three-day im­mer­sive ca­reer ex­plo­ration pro­gram over win­ter break.

Spear­headed by the Gor­don Ca­reer Cen­ter’s Win­ter on Wyllys pro­gram­ming, the in­au­gu­ral New York City Ca­reer Trek Jan. 16 to 18 al­lowed stu­dents to travel to New York City and meet and net­work with Wes­leyan alumni at their places of work.

In­dus­try sites in­cluded: Citi and Bloomberg for fi­nance; The New York Times and Hearst Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for jour­nal­ism; At­lantic Records and BtOVEN MU­SIC for mu­sic; Pfizer and the Na­tional He­mo­philia Foun­da­tion for pub­lic health; Squares­pace and Google for tech; and Lin­coln Cen­ter The­ater, New York Stage and Film Com­pany, and Film/Jef­fery Richards As­so­ci­ates for the­ater.

Fol­low­ing their job-shad­ow­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, the stu­dents and alumni gath­ered for a net­work­ing din­ner in New York City for post-event re­flec­tions and dis­cus­sions. At­ten­dees also learned how to ar­tic­u­late their back­grounds and goals to in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als through par­tic­i­pa­tion in mind-map­ping ex­er­cises and how to pre­pare an el­e­va­tor pitch.

A net­work­ing event with cam­pus staff al­lowed stu­dents to prac­tice what they had learned.

At­ten­dees also en­joyed a lunch hosted by alumni Guy David­son ’83 and Mor­gan Hart­ing ’93 at Al­lianceBern­stein and a din­ner at the Yale Club, spon­sored by Peter Hicks ’72.

Alumni who par­tic­i­pated in in­dus­try ta­bles in­cluded: Vlad Bya­lik ’95; Noah Schlesinger ’13; Alexan­der Rach­lin ’15; Allyson Feitler ’15; Leah Gi­acalone ’17; Ali Pour­maleki ’18; Randy Frisch ’84; and Beanie Feld­stein ’15.

Dur­ing the Bloomberg in­dus­try trek, stu­dents met with fi­nan­cial prod­uct an­a­lyst and sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive West­ley Myles ’17; di­ver­sity re­cruit­ing team leader De­gan Leopold ’03; tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion as­so­ciate Tyler Clarke ’18; and sup­ply chain as­so­ciate Pe­tiri Reed ’17.

At Citi, stu­dents met with an­a­lyst Jor­dan Jancze ’18; se­nior an­a­lyst Niall De­vaney ’16; in­vest­ment banking as­so­ciate Zach Mintz ’15; dis­tressed credit an­a­lyst An­drew Ja­cobs ’17; rates scales an­a­lyst Nick Jack­son ’18; and eq­uity de­riv­a­tives trad­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dan Bara­novsky ’98.

At Google, stu­dents met with in­ter­ac­tion de­signer Adam Forbes ’13.

At Squares­pace, stu­dents met with soft­ware en­gi­neers Ju­lian Ap­ple­baum ’13, Ryan Gee ’11, and Steve Ru­bin­stein ’06.

At Pfizer, stu­dents met with med­i­cal di­rec­tor Judy Ab­sa­lon ’90.

At the Na­tional He­mo­philia Foun­da­tion, stu­dents met with Kate Nam­macher ’99, se­nior di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion.

At The New York Times, stu­dents met with se­nior video jour­nal­ist Kassie Bracken ’97 and au­di­ence strat­egy ed­i­tor Zainab Khan ’13.

At Hearst Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, stu­dents met with free­lance writer Lily Her­man ’16.

At At­lantic Records, stu­dents met with Pete Gan­barg ’88, pres­i­dent of the Artists & Reper­toire Di­vi­sion.

At BtOVEN Mu­sic, stu­dents met with pres­i­dent Brian McKenna ’04.

At Vine­yard The­ater, stu­dents met with artis­tic di­rec­tor Jo­hanna Pfaelzer ’90; ac­tor Ken Bar­nett ’94; and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Suzanne Ap­pel ’02.

At the Lin­coln Cen­ter The­ater, stu­dents met with Kati Ko­erner ’90, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion; Sheilaja Rao ’96, man­ager of pa­tron pro­grams; and Daniel Swee (who at­tended Wes­leyan in 1982), cast­ing di­rec­tor.

Olivia Drake is news­let­ter ed­i­tor and cam­pus pho­tog­ra­pher at Wes­leyan Univer­sity in Mid­dle­town. This ar­ti­cle orig­i­nally ap­peared on­line at the News @ Wes­leyan blog.

Con­trib­uted photo

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral New York City Ca­reer Trek, hosted by Wes­leyan’s Gor­don Ca­reer Cen­ter, sev­eral stu­dents vis­ited the Lin­coln Cen­ter The­ater to meet with alumni ac­tive in the the­ater in­dus­try.

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