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Break Through events connect you to alumni who have been exactly where you are and who want to help you as you move toward graduation and beyond. Take a Career Trek to visit alumni working in major cities, or let them come to you during the student-alumni networking conference held on campus each year.
Either way, you'll get tips on everything from how to make the most of your college experience to making friends after graduation and landing your first job. Whether you are in your first or last year at Susquehanna—or somewhere in between—Break Through has something for you.
Take advantage of these FREE networking opportunities, open to all majors in all class years.
And who knows? It might lead to an internship or even a job!
Find out more and sign up for your next Break Through opportunity on River Hawk Recruiter.
Each year in February, alumni converge on campus for the annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference. And there's something for everyone during this multi-day event, from career-specific panel discussions and money management advice to résumé tips and how to brand yourself online.
Here's what some students had to say:
"Having a genuine conversation with someone who was once in your shoes is an amazing experience."
-Christina Martin '18, political science and public policy
"Being involved in these events helped to answer many of my questions about the business community and what life is truly like outside the safe haven (of) school."
-Alex Wager '20, business administration
"I attended a panel on working in the nonprofit sector, where they spoke a lot about working with the Peace Corps. It's something that I've thought about before, and after what I heard it's something that I am really looking forward to [pursuing]."
-Lauren Berkel '19, business administration
The Break Through program kicks off each year with Career Treks to major cities in the Northeast, including New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
There you'll break into small groups for lunch and company tours with alumni hosts working in each city. Following the tours, everyone reunites for an evening networking reception with alumni from the regional alumni chapter for each city. During the course of the day, alumni and their colleagues
- Help you explore different career paths.
- Show you how to differentiate yourself in the workforce.
- Give you advice on how to make the most of SU's programs.
- Offer you tips on getting your "foot in the door" in different industries.
Here's what some other students have to say about the trips, too:
"The alumni who help at this event are the reason Susquehanna University students are so successful. I, for one, know that I will be reaching out to the people I met for future help." —Emma Kirbis '19
"I think it's incredibly useful for students to see and experience a day with an alumna/nus who is working in their potential field. Besides the insights learned on-site, the connections that can be made at the evening reception are equally valuable to a student." —John Mazuire '20
In May 2017, we matched 15 students to 14 alumni hosts working at 13 different organizations in New York City. The students spent the day job shadowing alumni at companies like
- L'Oreal USA
- American Express
- Cosmopolitan magazine
- Deutsche Bank
- TED Conferences
As a result of their job shadowing experiences, all of the students said they
- Can describe at least one way they can better prepare for a job or internship search.
- Feel better-prepared to identify and articulate what they want and do not want in a work environment.
Get all the details and see what students had to say about the trip.
Easing Students' Minds
I wanted to make sure to cover any reservations they might have about the future, and allow them to speak freely so that we could get to the root of their fears and try to ease their minds about the future.
Andrew Parrish '15
Technology Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Giving Back Support
Really enjoyed connecting with students and being able to give back in some way since I received so much support and mentoring as a student.
Sara Jane Luley '08 Baublitz
New Business Development Manager, Lutheran World Relief
On a Personal Level
Helping the students was extremely valuable and fulfilling. Just talking and connecting with them on a personal level was the most important aspect of the whole event.
Andrew Culbertson '15
Business Systems Analyst, AIG