Published 02/07/12

Job security – before winter break

February 2012

When seniors David Rogers and Brittany Palmer returned to campus in September, they immediately started their job searches. Before final exams in December, both had accepted job offers with companies they are truly excited about. They are not alone – joining a cadre of Bryant students who secured jobs in the fall semester.

Forty job interviews

On July 9, Rogers, a double major in actuarial mathematics and finance, will report to EMC Corporation headquarters in Hopkinton, MA. As an operations analyst for the global service team, he’ll begin a rotational program working with multiple departments to learn the business of helping companies accelerate their journey to “cloud computing” and storing, managing, protecting, and analyzing information in a more agile, trusted, and cost-efficient way.

“I feel that having Bryant on my résumé and being able to discuss the experience I gained through the university is the reason I received so many interviews."

David Rogers

He is thrilled at the prospect of working for such a highly regarded company – essentially his dream job, he says. The fact is that Rogers had multiple job offers and invitations for second interviews, having secured more than 40 interviews in the fall semester. “I feel that having Bryant on my résumé and being able to discuss the experience I gained through the university is the reason I received so many interviews,” he says.

When he was first looking at colleges, Rogers applied to five but only cared about being accepted to Bryant. “I felt it was the best choice for my career path,” he says, “but I also knew that the school’s career education center had an amazing reputation for providing students with the resources to successfully get internships and jobs.” 

The commuter student, who has nine siblings, has worked part-time since his freshman year. He’s made Dean’s List every semester, joined the Actuarial Association and the Commuter Connection, and led numerous group projects, including the BUS 100 group project required of every student. His team received not only a perfect score but also won their class marketing competition.

Rogers interned at Hasbro, Inc. and at Hermes Equity Ownership Service (HEOS) in London, England, where he gained a global perspective and learned the difference between finance and insurance industries in the United Kingdom and the United States.

He is most proud of the service learning project he took part in at Bryant, where he taught and worked with elementary school students, and created a curriculum that included more than 60 activities for an after-school program.

Whether it was applying for internships or a full-time job, Rogers was ready. He cites case studies, team projects, and industry research that is incorporated into academic lessons of both his business and liberal arts programs; approachable, experienced, and intelligent faculty; and the amazing services and staff of the Amica Center for Career Education.

“If you are looking for a university to call home, to build relationships, create stories, and prepare you for life after college, there really is no other choice than Bryant,” says Rogers. “As I’ve heard it said, ‘At Bryant, you will never have to open your own door, because there will always be someone there holding it open.’”

An unforgettable experience

Palmer, a December 2011 graduate, started work on January 2 as a marketing coordinator at the corporate headquarters of Foster Corporation, a leading supplier of biomedical polymer solutions for devices, implants, and drug delivery based in Putnam, CT. She was interviewing with two other companies at the time she received the offer from Foster, a company she could see herself working at. 

The Hopedale, MA, student, who majored in marketing and minored in communication and psychology, felt confident going into the interview process. “I was prepared to answer tons of tricky questions, but I was asked about myself as a person, my study abroad experience, and what I was looking for in a job.”

Palmer had a lot to talk about. She was an active member of the Bryant chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA) and held executive-board status in her junior and senior years. She helped organize various community service, fundraising, and campus events, and traveled with the group to take part in nationwide competitions. She was also a member of the Bryant cheerleading team and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

She completed two internships – one as PR intern at Racepoint Group in Waltham, MA, the other as a marketing intern at Abracadabra Fashion Ltd., a position she held while studying for a semester at the University of Auckland Business School in Auckland, New Zealand. 

“Though I enjoyed my classes and professors and the global business perspective, the massive lectures (200+ students) did not allow for discussion and active participation,” says Palmer. “It made me appreciate the small class sizes at Bryant and the relationships that students build with professors.

“My study abroad experience was filled with unforgettable adventures and memories,” she adds. “I am especially proud of how I stepped outside of my comfort zone – I came away with a sense of independence and freedom that has changed me forever.”

When she was first looking at colleges, Palmer knew immediately that Bryant was for her. “What sets Bryant apart is the close-knit community, active campus life, and small class sizes,” says Palmer. “From my experience, faculty are more than willing to go above and beyond to assist their students and genuinely care about each and every one.

“For me, it was an unforgettable college experience.”