Students Learn about Tech and Data Careers, Network with Alumni During New York Trip

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Undergraduate and Master of Science in Management (MiM) students at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business traveled to New York City last month to explore careers in the tech and data fields. As part of the trek, the students visited the Wall Street Journal and Google, where they toured the offices, networked with Georgetown alumni, and learned about the biggest trends in tech and data science in today’s business world. 

At the Wall Street Journal, students heard from 11 professionals about the relationship between data and business with important skills like machine learning, verification metadata, and ad-tech ecosystems. 

“Prior to visiting The Wall Street Journal and Google, I was aware that most business decisions are largely data-driven and that individuals in technology roles ought to be familiar with manipulating, organizing, analyzing, and presenting data. However, I did not realize just how essential it is for individuals at every level within a firm to have, at a minimum, a basic understanding of data analytics,” said Jade Glab (B’22). 

At Google, students met with university programs specialist Brady Bennett and learned about Google’s recruitment process and the interconnectedness between the company’s various departments. In today’s business world, roles as varied as marketing and data analysis are coming together in unique ways, such as using data to market products to specific consumers. 

“It was amazing to be exposed to such different jobs while having the common goal of producing excellent work for a high-demanding company,” said Ilona Emery (B’22). 

Genevieve Dominico (B’23) was surprised by the connections between a more traditional business role like marketing and the trends in tech and data. “The Google and Wall Street Journal trek was extremely helpful in focusing my career aspirations and exposing me to new places and industry sectors. I had never really thought about joining the tech industry before this trek, but it was so interesting to see how their jobs facilitated so many aspects of the company like marketing,” she said.

For Fanwei Yin (MiM’20), the most informative aspect of the trek was learning about the day-to-day work schedules of employees in the industry. “My favorite moment was a talk at the Wall Street Journal that provided a full picture of the company and the newest developments in journalism. It was great to hear about the daily work of each department,” she said.