A group of students from Cazenovia College recently traveled to New York City to visit with professionals in the fields they hope to enter. Among the students was Joshua Lippke of Baldwinsville, a senior majoring in management, specializing in sport.
The group visited management executives and marketing directors at ESPN and the Golf Channel, The New York Yankees and the New York Knicks, as well as the Leverage agency, a sport marketing firm.
Francine Varisco, professor of management at Cazenovia College, said, "A career exploration trip of this nature allows the students to speak one-on-one to industry professionals in a relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere. They are able to pick the brains of the professionals in seeking guidance and direction for their careers. Informational interviews are terrific because they allow the student the opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of an organization, as well as to see how individuals entered into their careers."
Several of the students noted that because the group was small, they were able to interact with the business people they met on a personal level. They commented on the good advice they received, particularly on making the transition from college to the work force.
Lippke learned that education is important, work experience is just as important in the sports world. "[The advice I received] has helped me in deciding to gain some more work experience before I go to graduate school to study athletics administration or sport management, so that one day I can work as an athletics director."