FAMU alumni at Goldman Sachs: Dwayne Grady (’92), Devin Harrison (’19), Karlyn Small (’17), Timothy McCall(’19), Justice Powell (’18), Kayla McCollum(’16), Frederick Biga (’03), and Kendel Rhodes (’09)
More than 30 Florida A&M University students participated in a live video conference call with Goldman Sachs recruiters and FAMU alumni this week.
“The call was a success,” said Justice Powell, 2018 FAMU graduate and an analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Consumer and Investment Management Division. “Fifty-three students registered for the call and 34 students called in. They expected 15. It was well above expectations.”
The live video conference is part of the Wall Street giant’s efforts to improve its outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and came after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the firm to cancel an on-campus recruiting visit.
“As a distinguished stakeholder of Florida A&M University, we would like to introduce our team of FAMU alumni at Goldman Sachs that are dedicated to recruit the next generation of Rattlers on Wall Street. Goldman Sachs is determined to grow its pipeline of students of all majors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and we are here to be a resource in that effort,” Powell said in an email to President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., promoting the event. “This is the best opportunity FAMU students have to learn directly from Goldman Sachs professionals about our business, culture, and opportunities.”
An Orlando native, Powell is one of eight FAMU alumni at the New York firm. There’s a push to get the company’s HBCU alumni more involved in recruiting. The Rattlers at Goldman Sachs jumped at the opportunity.
“Most of us came in recent years. We are fresh off the ‘Hill’ and we are trying our best to keep everyone in the loop in terms of the opportunities here,” Powell said. “This was like my dream job.”
The video conference was held as the FAMU Career and Professional Development Center ramps up its outreach to companies encouraging them to post their positions as remote-based opportunities.
The staff also reached out to employers inquiring if they would like to host virtual information sessions and scheduling them. As of earlier this week, 50 virtual information sessions and professional development events have been planned in Handshake, the digital platform for recruiting and hiring.
As of April 13, there were 400 remote positions posted of which 332 are paid. Of those, 241were jobs and 148 internships. Career Center Director Shereada Harrell is urging students to take advantage of the opportunities.
“We have sent messages out to students about how to connect and engage with employers,” Harrell said. “We are encouraging students to update their Handshake account and upload their resume for a review.”
To stay updated on activities, resources and highlights of the Career and Professional Development Center, students are encouraged to follow the office’s social media accounts.
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