Published: October 30, 2015
On Saturday The Kania School of management held one of its biggest events of this semester: the Kania Young Alumni Day, which took place in Brennan Hall. The event consisted of 25 recent KSOM alumni coming back to The University to talk to students about what it is like entering the workforce. The event drew in over 70 students this year representing a variety of years and majors. The event consisted of multiple events including a panel with alumni fresh from the work force and another panel that is more experienced. The students went to different sessions that covered various things they might encounter in the real world. These included politeness and politics, a panel on big data and internships. They also attended panels on individual majors to help go over what an average day consists of. Overall the day was a major success.
The day began early in the morning with the alumni arriving from New York, New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. The alumni came from many big name firms such as PWC, Earnst and Young, Goldman Sachs and Citi Group. The alumni were all chosen by a committee of students who were involved in planning the entire event with the help of Tamara Bautista passport coordinator of KSOM. “I wanted the students to understand that even after graduation The University will always be their home,” said Tamara Bautista.
“Scranton is a community. We’re family.”
The turnout for this year was smaller than last year but this year’s event ended up keeping more students throughout the day. The event also seemed much more popular with the students who came. One thing needs to change. “We need more diversity among alumni, most were finance and accounting and most were men,” said senior Allison Decarlo an international business major.
One session of the day was run by alumna Jessica Palmeri. This event covered the hiring process and what every student will eventually go through when they apply for a job in the real world. She covered basic statistics including how often people would Google you before interviews and the average number of interviews that occur in a hiring process. “I would say definitely clean up your presence on social media. I found it shocking the percentage of employers who would reject you because of what they found online” said Shannon Mckenna, a junior accounting major, in response to what she thought was the most important part of the presentation.
After the day’s events had concluded, the students went upstairs, and they ate dinner with an alumnus of a similar major. Then the students and alumni moved out into the fifth floor lobby where they had a networking reception that gave all the students a chance to talk to any alumni who they may not have had the chance to interact with during the day. It also gave students a chance to get any contact information that they may have wanted.
“What I liked was the insight that each of them offered into their disciplines of business. For me personally, it inspired me to choose my finance and entrepreneurship as my major,” said Jordan Reis, first-year finance and entrepreneurship major.
In the end, the event was a great success. One student said on an anonymous survey that this event “meeting the great types of people The University produces”
The event was a great success which will be repeated in the years to come. “The event does not need to be changed, it just needs to be refined,” said Jordan Reis.