Each year, dozens of Bentley students travel to some of the city’s most prestigious companies through our Success in the City Program. Bentley alumni from companies such as Armani Exchange and JP Morgan host students for a daylong “employer blitz” focusing on networking, career exploration and city life.
“We delve into topics ranging from human capital and management consulting to advertising and social media marketing to investment banking and hedge funds,” says Alyssa Hammond, senior associate director of Undergraduate Career Services.
Getting to Work
During the most recent trip, students hit companies like Armani Exchange, Barclays, Deutsch, Digitas, Egon Zehnder, JP Morgan, “The Martha Stewart Show,” Morgan Stanley and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Company executives briefed them on work and company culture at the epicenter of top competitive firms. At Armani Exchange, for example, students glimpsed the latest fashions and learned how they are created before they hit the stores. Deutsch shared upcoming media clips for clients such as Volkswagen, PlayStation and Microsoft.
The intensity of New York-style work and play is a program trademark. After the daylong networking grind, students met New York alumni at a nearby brewery.
“The reception with alums gave students a chance to network in a non-threatening environment,” says Career Services’ Kristine Vidic, who helped guide one of the tracks. “It’s a real bonus after a long day.”
Set for Success
For student Joelle Janigian, the program put her on the runway toward success.
“Going behind the scenes put me in touch with so many different corporate cultures, and made me realize how important it is to find out what fits your personality,” says Janigian, a Computer Information Systems major with a minor in Marketing. “I would love to work for a luxury fashion company, so brushing shoulders with executives — and even models — at Armani Exchange made the day complete.”