Tech Students Network with Alums at Career Day

More than 500 Tech students returned to school on Saturday morning, October 15th for the Fifth Annual Career Day. They came to learn more about college and career options, network with successful alums and explore shadowing and internship opportunities.

Career Day perfectly exemplifies Brooklyn Tech, the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, and the relationship between the two.

Career Day is all about three things that embody Tech: accomplished alumni who have excelled and achieved in their careers; bright, curious students motivated to do the same in theirs; and a forum to interact and share knowledge. Successful alumni willingly volunteer their time to share insights with the young people who aspire to follow in their footsteps; students recognize and act on the awareness that getting ahead requires more than classroom learning. It is also noteworthy that this activity takes place on a Saturday morning – when many other smart, successful adults and teenagers are home relaxing.

Seventy five alums discussed how their Tech experiences prepared them for college and careers. They offered workshops in sixteen career categories as varied as engineering, law and medicine. And alumni presenters ranged from retired Attorney C. Raymond Nelson ’52 to Environmental Engineering Consultant Amy Gao ’05. The keynote speaker was Attorney and former Alumni Foundation Board member John Prakash Albert ’90.

Psychologist Bruce Levinton ’64 came all the way from San Francisco because “I feel honored to be a Tech graduate… and I feel it is my duty to impart some inspiration to Tech students.” Human Resources Director Denise Ware ’83 participated because “Being from Brooklyn Tech is part of being something special; it is a community.” And Yolanda Morris ’99, a Healthcare Representative for Pfizer, said simply “I wish I had this when I was in high school.”

Students were grateful for the experience. Law & Society major Iris Pepa ’12 said “I learned the things that school doesn’t teach — things like networking.” For Madeline Wong ’12, the day expanded her horizons: “I am studying Science, but I wanted to learn about the job of Court Officer.” Arica Awyche ’12 simply felt “It’s nice to talk to someone who has been to your school and came out.”

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