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Alumni Network Strengthens Career Opportunities for Students

During Career Week, thousands of Syracuse University students met with hundreds of recruiters visiting campus. The students arrived with resumes in hand, seeking internships, jobs, networking opportunities and advice. Many of the recruiters were alumni who were scouting for talent where they built the foundation for their own professional careers.

Wide shot of the inside of the JMA Wireless Dome. The football field filled with tables and people in conversation.

Kayla Ramos: Looking forward to making connections

Kayla Ramos standing and smiling and holding a laptop outside of the JMA Dome.

Computer science major Kayla Ramos ’24 prepares to head into the JMA Wireless Dome, site of the University’s 2022 Career Expo. Ramos looked forward to making connections that would lead to an internship where she could make a positive impact or help her gain insights on graduate school and different career pathways. “I feel like the career fair is a great opportunity for everyone,” she says.

Will Mahaney: Ready to network

Will Mahaney walking down the stadium stairs to the fair.

Will Mahaney ’23, a double major in math and applied data analytics, arrives at the Career Expo. He came prepared, having researched companies he was interested in and looking to network with recruiters so he could land follow-up interviews for a job in data analytics. His dream job, he says, “would be somewhere I would have a good work-life balance.”

Day 2: Communications and Business

Wide shot of people talking and visiting different booths.

A day after the Career Expo, the JMA Dome was the site of the Communications and Business Career Fair, which was hosted by the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Students also had the opportunity to attend the Data and Technology Fair, hosted by the School of Information Studies.

Cecilia Marchini: Making new connections

Cecilia Marchini standing with Scott Mueller, looking at a paper together and talking.

Whitman marketing master’s student Cecilia Marchini G’22 meets with Scott Mueller ’21, a Deloitte analyst and Whitman alum. “I left the career fair with new connections, a few interviews, and an experience that helped me understand where I want my career to head and what goals I want to set for my future,” Marchini says.

Jared Green: Looking to hire Orange

Jared Green speaking with three students.

Jared Green ’01, principal and vice president at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, likes to meet students with solid communication skills. “We’ve hired a number of Syracuse graduates, and if I have the opportunity to hire more, I want to be here,” says the College of Engineering and Computer Science alum. “Students have to come ready on day one, and we see that here at Syracuse.”

Subrina Dhammi: Finding future journalists

Subrina Dhammi listening intently to a student in front of her.

Subrina Dhammi ’05 is an anchor at WNYT, NBC, in Albany, New York, who was interested in meeting journalism students. “I was proud to be back at my alma mater to speak with future journalists,” says the Newhouse alum. “I feel confident the students at Syracuse are well prepared to carry on the important task of telling stories people need to hear.”

Endri Mataj: Seeking passionate students

Endri Mataj shaking a students hand.

Endri Mataj G’10 (left), executive director with JPMorgan Chase, enjoys returning to campus, meeting students and finding new talent. The global firm offers many diverse opportunities to develop a career, says the iSchool alum. “I like people who stand out and are passionate about what they’re doing. Being hungry and curious helps, too.”

Bette Samuel: Recruiting well-trained talent

Bette Samuel standing and smiling in front of her booth.

Bette Samuel ’79, managing executive with TPG Architecture, typically hires two Syracuse students every year to work in her studio—an architecture major and an environmental and interior design major. “We find they have exceptional potential and are trained to jump right into the field,” says the College of Visual and Performing Arts alum.

Tyler Newman: Growing a partnership

Tyler Newman standing with a student, reviewing his resume.

Tyler Newman ’20 (right), assistant vice president, client development manager with Synchrony Outdoors, reviews a student’s resume. The Whitman alum was recruiting undergraduates for Synchrony’s internship, externship and business leadership programs, all of which he participated in. “We have tremendous opportunities for Syracuse students,” he says. “It’s always a pleasure to come to Syracuse, and we look forward to growing our partnership.”

Sandra Li: Gaining resume and interview tips

Three students huddled together, reviewing their papers.

Whitman finance master’s students Nishita Pillania G’23 (left), Sandra Li ’21, G’23 and Kelly Kang G’23 check out the list of companies at the Communications and Business Career Fair. Li gained insights on companies she’s interested in and enjoyed connecting with people, including alumni. “They were awesome and offered great suggestions for my resume and shared a lot of helpful interview tips,” she says.

Jay Cox

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