Career Trek

Networking in New York
2017-18


“I’ve always been very excited about New York City and would love to work there,” said Romain Bogaerts (MSBA ’18). “We have great opportunities and great contacts with a lot of Wake Forest alumni in New York.”

Bogaerts and 10 other Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) students along with a Master’s in Management student traveled with their career coach to the Big Apple to network with alumni and meet with employers.

A foot of snow in the forecast and freezing temperatures, despite the spring date, didn’t impede the students from making the most of their chance to learn about organizations, engage with recruiters, and network with alumni.

“The opportunity to speak with employers and work with my career coach further on career opportunities made me want to come on this trek,” said Tanner Sowa (MSBA ’18). He said the resources provided by the Wake Forest University School of Business to its students go beyond anything he experienced as an undergrad.

“Working with my coach, we amped up my resume, made my LinkedIn profile perfect, and practiced behavioral and technical interviewing. My undergraduate degree didn’t provide the same exposure. Wake Forest has made a real impact on my professional future.”

Visits to organizations such as Capgemini, Turner Sports, and EY allowed the group to explore career options within the analytics field in a variety of industries.

Sharron Vogler, senior associate director of market readiness and employment, connects with employers in New York and other cities to arrange onsite visits for our business students. “The structure of each meeting is unique to the organization, and can range from company presentations, to Q&A sessions, or breaking into workgroups for a more in-depth networking event,” Vogler said. “We work with our students throughout the program experience to ensure they are polished and performance-ready.”

Part of the preparation for the MSBA students is incorporating the real-world experience they’ve completed for clients into their interviews to show how they speak the language of analytics. During their course practicum, they hone their technical skills and develop critical communications and presentation skills that enable them to tell a story through data to help organizations make better data-driven decisions.

“The reason I chose Wake Forest was for the business analytics program,” said Abigale Ding (MSBA ’18). “It’s a combination of business and big data, so not only will I learn the broader business concepts, I will also learn a lot of data analysis and statistical modeling skills.”

Sowa and several other students scheduled additional interviews with companies in the area to make the most of their time in New York. As he picked up his diploma at Commencement, he had just eight days to wrap up his time in Winston-Salem and begin his new professional life.

“I’m headed to New York to be an investment banking analyst. I’ll do mergers and acquisitions for Guy Carpenter Securities,” Sowa said. “Because I was on the career trek, I had the opportunity to get this interview. I know I wouldn’t have had this opportunity otherwise. The MSBA program has been phenomenal. The whole experience. It’s been an outstanding year.”

*BUT NOT JUST NEW YORK!

Wake Forest School of Business students have opportunities throughout the academic year to join career treks through the Office of Personal and Career Development. Students from the School of Business were among the hundreds of Wake Forest students who traveled to Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco.

The career treks included visits to major employers such as Adobe, AirBnB, American Enterprise Institute, Berkley Research Group, Blackrock, Bloomberg, Carter’s, Cone & Wolfe, Credit Karma, Deloitte, Digital Foundry, Edelman, FactSet, FBI, GAP, Gartner, Genuine Parts Company, Google, Hamilton Place Strategies, Handshake, Hanover Research, Home Depot, IBM, Jefferies, Ketchum, Levi Strauss, Library of Congress, LinkedIn, Lyft, OshKosh B’Gosh, Navigant, Nielson, Stout Advisory, Synchrony Financial, Redpoint Ventures, Weber Shandwick, the White House, and Workday.