Exago Coaches Marist Students on Applying for Tech Jobs
Oct 24, 2018
On Wednesday, October 10th, Exago collaborated with the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College to host a resume and interviewing workshop for students pursuing careers in the tech sector. The event ran from the afternoon late into the evening, attracting dozens of students seeking constructive criticism from a potential employer.
Computer Science Professor Chris Algozzine, together with Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Joseph Kirtland, helped organize the workshops and was impressed with the turnout. “When I found the team still engaged with students at 9pm, I knew it was a success,” says Algozzine. “The impact is yet to be realized, but I feel that the advice provided was what the students needed.”
“When I found the team still engaged with students at 9pm, I knew it was a success.”
The workshops were facilitated by Exago Support Analyst and Recruitment Manager Jeff Kalpakis along with Support Manager Aliyah Gruberg-Revty, VP Technology and Business Development Scott Epter, and Senior Software Engineer Ryan Bazinet. Together, they critiqued resumes, discussed possible career tracks one-on-one with students, and offered tips on interview conduct.
Kalpakis, who oversees recruitment for Exago’s product development teams, says the tech company hiring process can be mysterious and intimidating for college students. “We want to help students land jobs they want and deserve,” he explains. “If they’ve acquired relevant skills and made great things happen wherever they go, we want to ensure those abilities and stories shine during the interview process.”
This was also one of the most rewarding aspects of the workshop for Bazinet. “One particular student I talked to had a decent resume listing a good amount of experience, but it didn't represent the information in a way that would stand out in a sea of resumes,” he relates. “Helping him felt good because he genuinely seemed to love the field, and I knew that he could convey that through a few small changes.”
While many local computer science graduates find employment in New York City or at the Poughkeepsie IBM campus, the Hudson Valley is home to a growing community of small-to-mid-sized tech companies thirsty for talent.
“If they’ve acquired relevant skills and made great things happen wherever they go, we want to ensure those abilities and stories shine during the interview process.”
Algozzine feels these kinds of work environments have a lot to offer new graduates. “I want them to realize there are a lot of benefits they might miss out on by not considering smaller, entrepreneurial companies such as Exago,” he says. “In particular, the chance to engage on deeply technical work, while also being exposed to how a business functions, how client engagement forces you to think about the customer first, and how collaboration and rapidly reacting to change makes you stronger both technically and professionally.” Exago’s collegiate partnerships are, in part, an effort to spread student awareness of these local employment opportunities.
Professor Kirtland hopes to collaborate with Exago again in the future. “There has been talk of having students work with data in Exago BI as part of a research project,” he says, “but at this point it is only an idea.” With proficiency in business intelligence reporting becoming an increasingly common line item on resumes, such a project could give Marist students a marked competitive advantage in the job sector.
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