On April 8th, 2021, America On Tech and Blackstone collaborated to host one of our spring semester career days for our NYC Tech Flex Leaders! Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms, and their mission is to create long-term value for their investors through careful stewardship of their investors’ capital. America On Tech is proud to partner with an organization dedicated to ensuring equitable access to degrees and careers in technology.
A total of 24 of our Tech Flex Leaders combined with the support of 11 Blackstone employees helped lead one of our strongest career days of the semester! Starting with a panel discussion with members of the Blackstone team, our Tech Flex Leaders received advice and insight into the world of technology and all that it encompasses. Blackstone employees represented many different disciplines - from product management to analytics - providing students with a comprehensive overview of just how varied a career in technology can look. Following the discussion, students participated in networking rounds with Blackstone team members where they were able to further explore their questions broached during the panel discussion.
Our students expressed just how much they enjoyed the career day hosted by Blackstone, claiming the insight they received was extremely helpful in preparing them for a potential role in the tech world. See some of their comments below:
“First of all, I want to thank [Blackstone] for taking your time to give us information and great advice. Today's career day was great because I got to meet new people and learn about what they do and everything. The session went nice and smoothly. I got great advice from the panelists and I got to ask them questions. So, once again thank you so much.” - Sutrah Begum
“I appreciate America On Tech for providing the opportunity to meet and connect with the employees at Blackstone. Hearing from Product Managers to IT specialists gave me the chance to learn how diverse the careers in tech are and how I am capable of achieving such career goals myself. I was able to have an insight into how far they have come and the challenges they faced to get to this point in their careers. I appreciate their dedication to want to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of tech leaders and want them to know that they have inspired change for the future. Thank you Blackstone!” - Rofeeah Ayeni
“This was a very helpful session. I got to learn about how people balance their work and many other things. The one that stuck with me is how to deal with our future boss and other co-workers during an internship if they say they're too busy to help and constantly refer to a different person only to come back to the first person I had talked to. I wished that we had more time to talk with them.” - Mohammed Assan
We are so thankful for partners like Blackstone and look forward to developing our partnership with Blackstone’s support of our Summer 2021 UX Design Bootcamp program.
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