Video by Stephen Munchel
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
They say if you can make it in NYC, you can make it anywhere. And it’s a lot easier to accomplish when you’re connected to NYC pros within your chosen field. That’s the beauty of Dickinson’s career-focused excursions to NYC and D.C., which take students inside top workplaces to get insider’s tips from, and connect with, Dickinson alumni and parents making a mark in various industries.
Earlier this month, 23 students with an eye on finance careers seized that opportunity during a Finance Career Trek to Bank of America’s NYC headquarters.
“Experiences like this give students firsthand experience of how this industry works,” says Rohan Sen ’08, who benefited from alumni connections when he was a student and now returns the favor for the next generation.
The Jan. 9 career trek began with a warm welcome by the event’s hosts: Sen, a technology investment banking manager at Bank of America (BoA), Nalleli Hassan ’07, BoA senior vice president and human resources executive. Then the students attended alumni-led panel discussions on how to navigate banking and career pathways at BoA and beyond. They also learned how to apply to and make the most of internship and early career opportunities.
“It's a wonderful way to see the transition from academics, in a classroom setting, into a workplace setting,” said Connor Frederickson ’24, (international business & management) who took part in the event.
The day closed with an onsite reception for NYC banking and finance professionals who are connected to Dickinson. That gave students a chance to build their budding professional networks. “It’s been really valuable to know that we have these awesome connections,” said Faith Parker ’25 (economics).
It’s also helpful for the alumni, says Kim Lupica ’13, director and trader, BoA securities. In addition to connecting through career treks and campus events, alumni across the nation and internationally can take part in Dickinson-hosted outings and networking opportunities with others in their region. On Jan. 17, Lupica and other NYC-based alumni in the business and finance industry further deepened those connections during Dickinson's first NYC Finance & Business Network event. The much-anticipated launch attracted 100 Dickinson alumni and parents who work in the business and finance industry.
"The Dickinson community within New York is growing,” Lupica said, “and it's great to forge those connections and continue meeting new people every single day.”
Career-shaping events like this build on the continuing momentum of Dickinson Forward, which includes the recent announcement of the Change a Life Challenge and the launch of the Dickinson Finance & Business Network.
Published January 26, 2024