Joe Eckert ’12: ‘Networking is most important’

Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center – “Networking gets your name out there,” says financial economics major Joe Eckert ’12. “And recognition means recruiters will be more likely to give you an interview.”

Seminars like “Basic Networking Tools and Techniques” and  “Advanced Networking Approaches for Linked-In and other Web-based Tools,” taught monthly in the Career Center, can teach students how to use tools such as the Rochester Career Advisory Network to find professionals in their fields of interest, and how to feel more comfortable approaching them.

Eckert says he might have spent a little too much time as an undergraduate worrying about which specific classes to take. “While they do look at your classes and your GPA, they really want to see that you are driven. It’s more interpersonal.”

He advises freshman to get involved in things that seem interesting to them. “Don’t do what you feel you should do, do what you want to do. If you do something you are passionate about and really like, that passion will show in an interview.”

Eckert says he started working with Career and Internship Center Counselor Emily Carpenter when he was a freshman. “She is amazing,” he says. They worked together to get his résumé started and on interviewing techniques, and she helped him land an unpaid internship at a broker-dealer in Pittsford, N.Y., that year.

He followed that with an internship at a small fixed-income research company in Connecticut the summer after his sophomore year. There he made contacts that helped lead to his interview for the J.P. Morgan Treasury and Securities Services Summer Analyst Program at the New York Recruitment Program this January.

“That summer internship was awesome,” Eckert said. “I learned a lot and met a lot of people.”  He was offered a full-time position on the last day of his internship, and he accepted right away.

Eckert plans to spend the summer in Europe after graduation, and then he’s off to work. He is excited about the next chapter and said, “I have wanted to move to New York City since I was a kid.”

Photo and Article courtesy of Kerrie Merz, Marketing, Communications, and Constituent Outreach Coordinator, Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center