Several staff members from the Center for Career Development accompanied students and faculty from Haslam School of Business to New York City during Spring Break for the annual VOLTrek. Together, they visited the New York Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs, and American Express.
“It was so great visiting all the different employers. The students were engaged and always asked very intelligent and thought-provoking questions,” said Career Consultant Njyhalo Pavati. “It was clear that the employers were definitely impressed with the quality of students on our trip. I have heard from multiple students who have been reaching out to some of the individuals we met with to do additional informational interviews with them and get more information about the type of roles that they offer. A professional from American Express said that one of our students, ‘set the example of how to engage a busy professional properly’, which made me really happy to hear and is proof that our students took this trip seriously and are doing a great job of capitalizing on the trip.”
VOLTreks provide an opportunity for a small group of students to learn about career possibilities by traveling to organizations and exploring various industries and careers. The students will have the chance to engage with professionals, tour the facility and gain insight into the industry. Students will also get to chance to see what it would look like living in cities that they may call home someday.
“I think this type of trip is great for students because they get to make connections with some great potential future employers and learn more about the opportunities that they offer, but the students also get the chance to explore the city and really visualize themselves living there,” said Pavati. “After spending a few days in the city and hearing some testimonials from alumni who moved there, I asked some students if they were more or less likely to want to live in NYC and the answer was resoundingly positive.”
One student spoke about the trip, stating that “From this Voltrek, I plan to apply for many of these internships that I learned about. I feel I gained great information no how to apply and who to get in connection with.” In addition, another student notated that “as a freshman, seeing different companies and jobs was the most helpful rather than just one type of company or role.”
Previous VOLTreks have included an engineering-focused Trek to Huntsville and a visit to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for students interested in the environment, parks, recreation, ecology/biology, geology, and anthropology.