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Nov 17 2010

Students Experience “A Day on Wall Street”


New York, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2010) – NYIT alumni shared their insights into investments, the credit market, and other financial topics while networking with eager students at Tuesday’s “Day on Wall Street.”

One alumnus challenged students to “feel uncomfortable” in order to do their best in a roiling job market. Meanwhile, students asked about speculation, securities, and dozens of other hot topics at the third annual event, presented by the School of Management and Office of Alumni Relations at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Alumni offered stories about how their experiences at NYIT led to jobs on Wall Street and elsewhere in finance. Jelani Arnold (M.B.A. '06), manager of production at Broadridge Financial, reminisced about NYIT’s resume and job search support from the Office of Career Services, and the loyalty and leadership skills he learned from coaches, teammates, and staff members in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. He said those opportunities, along with networking with peers, benefited his career.

“Be accountable for your futures” while taking advantage of chances at NYIT, he urged students. His co-worker, Bill Jacoutot (B.S. '03), senior director of Quality Control at Broadridge Financial, told students to stay motivated. “In order to grow, you need to feel uncomfortable,” he said, citing advice from his first boss. “However, the only thing that should feel uncomfortable is being comfortable.”

Crystal Langdon, founder of Crystal Clear Finances, whose daughter graduated from NYIT in 2009, told students not to worry about a scarcity of jobs after graduation. “Go make your own jobs,” she said. “There’s room for you out there.”

Other guest speakers included Boaz Rahav (M.B.A. '98), senior managing director at Northeast Securities; Henry Lyons (M.B.A. '96), chief financial officer at Gain Capital, and Chris Erickson (B.S. '85), managing director, Global COO of Prime Services, UBS.

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