This past October, a bus full of M&T students went up to NYC for the annual Student/Alumni Networking Event. As the name suggests, the night was focused on interacting with M&T alumni in the city and learning more about their careers. It was great getting to see how they were applying both of their degrees in their jobs. Some were entrepreneurs, others worked as product managers, while several were working in finance or consulting. Universally, they agreed on the value of having both the engineering and business degrees as it gave them a breadth of knowledge and persistence that allowed them to take on the challenges their work provided them. Even those in more M-oriented positions (business) professions believed that their engineering degrees put them at an advantage when applying for jobs or during the course of their work.
Although learning about possible career paths was a major focus of the event, it was just as much about learning life lessons from people who had been in our places. All the alumni emphasized how much they enjoyed college and the M&T program and encouraged us to make the most out of it by finding what we were truly passionate about. They also advised us not to be locked in to the first job we get out of college, which was highlighted by how many of the younger alumni had switched careers in order to find the right fit (a fact comforting to those of us who aren’t 100% sure of how or where to use our degrees).
Going on this trip has definitely been a great part of my experience as an M&T because of the fun hanging out on the bus with my fellow students of different classes while also giving me a much better understanding of what I can do with two degrees after college. And as a college student, it doesn’t hurt to have great food as well.