Stony Brook students met up with alumni working at the Morgan Stanley’s New York Plaza office on Friday, November 9. Student participants learned more about the company and attended the SBU alumni corporate luncheon to network with alumni and other senior level professionals within business, information technology and legal positions. This meetup gave students the opportunity to learn more about life working at Morgan Stanley — and to hear alumni employees’ stories and career advice firsthand. We are extremely thankful to Joe Bravate ’92, executive director at Morgan Stanley and development manager in Corporate and Funding Technology whom graciously coordinated and hosted this open house for Stony Brook students.
“This experience was really helpful to me, it gave me more insight into the finance industry, and I was able to talk with amazing alumni about their achievements, said senior Santiago Ocampo. “It encouraged me to go further and gave me direction for my future career.” Odette Bohr Dienel adds, “As a third semester PhD student most of my time the past 16 months has been dedicated to theory and books. It was exhilarating to step away from the classroom and spend a day with practitioners in a field I have interest in. The visit to Morgan Stanley was well organized and thoughtful. In just a few hours I acquired sophisticated insight into a firm I previously knew mostly from the financial papers. Thank you so much to the Career Center, Stony Brook alumni, and Morgan Stanley.”
Alumni employees were impressed by the students and equally ardent about the experience. We had 20 alumni participate throughout the day in networking, breakout sessions and a panel discussion; and 25 students participated. “In the preparation for the Open House I was encouraged by the excitement from the Alumni about being a part of the event,” said Bravate. “The enthusiasm carried all of the way to the day of the event with more volunteers than we could accommodate. It was such a pleasure connecting with Stony Brook students and providing them insight into some of the cutting edge things we’re doing at Morgan Stanley.”
After meeting with the alumni employees at Morgan Stanley, students like Santiago and Odette returned to campus with inspiration and drive — and a strong interest in future opportunities at the company. The event was a collaboration between the Stony Brook University Career Center, the Office of Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement. The offices support several student-alumni career meetups and alumni corporate luncheons throughout the academic year to give students the chance to connect with alumni professionals at companies of interest, as well as, connect alumni with other alumni working at the same company.