Forty-five Emerson students traveled to New York City earlier this month to learn about careers, get advice, and meet the people who may one day hire them.
New York Connection, sponsored by Career Services, offered students three “tracks” to choose from: Track 1 visited United Talent Agency and Warner Music Group, Track 2 went to NBC and The Wall Street Journal, and Track 3 stopped by HBO and Imaginary Forces (creator of the Stranger Things intro).
“This is a wonderful opportunity for some young students to actually be in the workplace,” said Career Services Director Carol Spector. “Seeing the reaction of the students as they walk into a New York workplace and see how things are done is priceless.”
At each venue, students learned more about each company, spoke with recruiters, and in some cases, were able to connect with Emerson alumni working at the locations.
Students and employers talked about resume and cover letters, career paths, and how students can prepare themselves for work while still in school and find work after graduation, according to Career Services.
The day ended with an Alumni Reception held at Warner Music Group, where students could network with Emerson graduates and hear about what they’ve been doing since leaving the College.
Blaine Butler, associate director of employee engagement and marketing, said the New York Connection trip is one of Career Services’ most popular programs of the year. Because securing internships in New York from Boston can be difficult, Butler said the trip allows students to make crucial connections that can help them when applying for positions long distance.
“The best part of the trip is hearing all the positive feedback from employers on how professional and well prepared our students are – something we’re so incredibly proud of,” Butler said.