Rosa Santana, Director of Career Planning and Development | Nicolais School of Business

The Career Activators of Nicolais School of Business recently undertook an enriching journey, visiting five prominent companies across New York and New Jersey. This unique opportunity allowed the Activators to connect with business leaders from industries spanning finance, marketing, pharmaceutical data privacy, supply chain, and human resources. The Activators gained invaluable knowledge, skills, and insights that will undoubtedly propel their career development and facilitate future growth.

Wagner College | Nicolais School of Business Career Activators | UBSExploring Finance and Investment Strategies
The Career Activators embarked on their journey by visiting UBS Wealth Advice Center, a leading financial institution. They networked with seasoned professionals, area leaders, and Wagner Alumni from various finance functions. Through meaningful discussions on market trends, career paths, company history, emerging technologies, and trends in wealth management, the Activators gained a comprehensive understanding of the ever-evolving financial landscape. These interactions equipped them with the knowledge required to navigate the complexities of the finance industry and varied career paths with confidence.

Wagner College | Nicolais School of Business Career Activators | Amazon

Unraveling the Supply Chain Network
The Activators' journey continued with a visit to a leading logistics and supply chain management company, Amazon. Here, they were exposed to the intricacies of global supply chains, inventory management, and strategic sourcing. Interacting with supply chain professionals, the Activators explored the challenges of optimizing supply chain operations while ensuring efficiency and sustainability. They gained practical insights into demand forecasting, risk management, and the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence in supply chain optimization. Equipped with this knowledge, the Activators are able to get a deeper understanding of the intricacies of supply chain challenges of the future.

Wagner College | Nicolais School of Business Career Activators posing in front of the Bristol Myers Squibb building along with Cailin Kelly.

Pharmaceutical Data Analytics and Innovation
A visit to a prominent pharmaceutical company in the region, Bristol Myers Squibb, allowed the Activators to delve into the fascinating realm of data analytics, data privacy, marketing, globalization, and innovation within the healthcare sector. Collaborating with experts in pharmaceutical data privacy, the Activators explored the critical role of data-driven decision-making in drug discovery, clinical trials, marketing, and personalized medicine. The Activators connected with project team members who handled different components of placing a pharmaceutical product on the shelves for consumers. These insights equipped the Activators with a unique skill set at the intersection of pharmaceuticals and data analytics, setting them apart in an industry ripe with opportunities.

Wagner College | Nicolais School of Business Career Activators posing at the Solomon Page office with Greg Gavioli

Exploring Human Resources Best Practices:
For their fourth visit, the Activators visited a prominent human resources consulting firm, Solomon Page. In this setting, they engaged with HR professionals who provided valuable insights into talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, and organizational development. The Activators learned about the importance of fostering positive networking for career opportunities, nurturing employee growth, and aligning HR strategies with overall business objectives. The Activators got an in-depth understanding of job-search techniques, the value of networking, and how to prepare for and show up at interviews. They are well-positioned to contribute to the success of any organization through effective people management.


Wagner College | Nicolais School of Business Career Activators visited JMT Media a renowned local marketing firm in Staten Island, NY.

Unveiling the Power of Marketing
Finally, the Career Activators visited a renowned marketing firm, JMT Media, on Staten Island, New York. In this dynamic environment, Activators connected with the CEO who discussed the importance of media, press, and an effective marketing presence. The conversation highlighted the importance of digital marketing, brand management, and market research. They explored the latest trends in social media marketing, influencer campaigns, and customer experience management, enhancing their marketing acumen and broadening their perspective on consumer behavior. Through engaging conversations, the Activators discovered the importance of leveraging data-driven insights to develop effective marketing strategies.

The Career Activators’ journey across various companies and industries helped activate their thinking related to career paths, different industries, business functions, and roles. They were exposed to different working models - completely in-person in the office, in-person on a warehouse floor, and hybrid. Interacting with business leaders, alumni, and peers helped contextualize life after graduation and what it means to be a professional in a rapidly evolving business world. This unique experience will undoubtedly elevate their career development and growth, equipping them with the expertise needed to thrive in their chosen fields. As they move forward, the Activators are poised to make a lasting impact in their industries, shape the future of business, and connect with industry professionals.