Twenty Marietta College students recently traveled to New York City to network with Marietta alumni who live and work in the city.
The networking trip, sponsored by the Marietta College Career Center, has been in the making for the past two years. Caitlin Jones, Career Center Coordinator, helped plan the trip and acted as one of the trip chaperones.
“I felt strongly that we needed to meet with people from various industries, generations, etc. to really show the career possibilities in a place like NYC,” Jones says. “I love just hearing about where life takes people. I think this trip did a great job of including that information while also showing true New York industries like media and technology.”
The networking trip, which took place from Feb. 24 to March 1, provided students with unique experiences such as touring advertising agencies like Mediabrands and DraftFCB (now FCB). The students were also able to tour NOLA Physical Therapy, owned by Jason Gromelski ’98, and to attend a networking reception with alumni working in various industries.
Broadcasting and International Leadership Studies major Mary Roberts ’14 (Circleville, Ohio) enjoyed the opportunity to participate in tours of the set of LIVE with Kelly and Michael and the offices of Sirius XM Radio.
“From this trip, I gained a greater sense of what is expected from a young professional in the media industry,” Roberts says. “Furthermore, this trip helped me establish the goals that I want to achieve in my career.”
The trip also enabled the students to ask alumni and other professionals questions about finding a job in a big city.
Journalism major Taylor Hanigosky ’16 (Youngstown, Ohio) hopes to live in New York City one day. For her, one of the highlights of the trip was learning about how to make it in New York.
“We received a lot of great advice from the alumni,” Hanigosky says. “I learned what it takes to live somewhere like New York — the money, the determination and the flexibility.”
In addition to the career-oriented aspects of the trip, students were given time to explore the city. International Business and Marketing major Codey Roney ’17 (Vienna, W.Va.) was energized by New York’s fast pace.
“Just the fact that I was in New York was my (trip) highlight,” Roney says. “Being around a city that was always moving kept me moving.”
Roberts was also thrilled by the city’s frenetic pace.
“Feeling the energy, excitement, and fast pace of the city that never sleeps was refreshing,” Roberts says.
Past Career Center networking trips to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Columbus have also been successful. In the future, Jones wants take students to other cities.
“Finances will always play a part in the trip options, but if that were not the case, I would also go to Houston and somewhere in Florida,” Jones says.
Jones hopes the students who participated in the New York trip learned to appreciate the rich networking opportunities offered to them by Marietta College alumni.
“The overall message is to keep moving forward,” Jones says. “Do what you need to do to make the next connection and prove your work. I also hope they saw the value in The Long Blue Line. All of the alumni volunteered their time to assist in the trip. Marietta alumni love helping one another. It’s a powerful connection all of these students will share for a lifetime.”