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Business Professionals Inform, Inspire, and Spark Passion During YPIE Career Week

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

Azetta Ayanruoh from New York-Presbyterian Westchester shares her background and career journey with YPIE students

Nearly 50 professionals across several industries shared their experiences and insights with YPIE students during YPIE Career Week. These informative sessions gave more than 180 YPIE high school and college students invaluable guidance as they consider their career paths and post-college plans.

Several YPIE partners participated in this year’s sessions, including JPMorgan Chase, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester, Regeneron, PwC, Webster Bank, and Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.

“An education is really important for your future success,” said Margaret Lane, Financial Crimes Analyst at Webster Bank. “Whatever school you go to, wherever you end up, whatever you do, hard work, commitment speaks for itself. Believe in yourself, and you'll be successful.”

Each session consisted of a panel discussion and small breakout groups. After professionals shared overviews of their companies, career journeys, and current roles, breakout sessions gave students the opportunity to ask specific questions about college and their future careers.

“Figure out what your superpower is and use it,” said Luis Penichet, Vice President/Commercial Banker, JPMorgan Chase. “Figure out how to add value and add it, whether that's in a classroom, college internship, or job. And, be a lifelong learner.”

Jean Saio, Director at Regeneron added, “Mentors are very important. Find them. Keep them. Cultivate that relationship.”

“Your resume is very important. Take your time to put it together. Do your homework. It’s important real estate to who you are,” said Michelle Friedberg, Director of HR, at Yonkers Contracting Company.

YPIE students will bring diverse perspectives to our future workforce. Many presenters shared experiences being first-generation college students. Remember your language, cultivate, continue to speak it, and make sure that you don't leave it behind because it does open many more doors for you,” said Andrea Acevedo, Vice President/Training, JPMorgan Chase.

YPIE’s Associate Board led a hands-on session focused on helping students craft their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. “Your network is going to be one of your greatest assets,” noted Haifa, Data Analyst at Arthur J. Gallagher.

“This event was very helpful, and I learned new lessons on finding a career that I see myself in,” said Stuart, a College of Saint Mary Vincent student. “It has opened a new career path to consider, and provided me with meaningful advice for cultivating relationships,” added Lizbeth, a Purchase College student.

YPIE Career Week was filled with candid reflections and wisdom that will stay with these students for years to come.

“Surround yourself with positive people,” said Viprali Bhatkar, Associate Director, Digital Endpoint Lead at Regeneron. “Try to challenge yourself every day. Pay attention to who you are and who you want to be.”

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