Last week, 26 Atkinson students headed up to Seattle for the fifth annual Seattle Trek organized by the AGSM career center. The trip is designed to open opportunities for students to connect with employers and alumni at the firms visited, and to showcase the quality of Atkinson’s graduates to potential employers for jobs and internships. Students also get a chance to explore the Seattle area, and generally leave feeling encouraged to consider relocating there.
This year, most of the company visits were hosted by Willamette undergraduate and Atkinson alumni who shared stories of their own career paths and how they transitioned from Willamette to their current position. They also provided great insight on how Willamette students can both receive impressive job offers at Fortune 500 companies and foster continuous professional development and advancement throughout their careers. Visited companies included:
- Alaska Airlines
- Bank of America
- The Gates Foundation
- Theo Chocolate
Seeing Willamette alumni apply their degrees in high-powered, corporate positions gave participants a promising glimpse into their own future. Even more heartening was hearing about the increasing number of available jobs at the companies visited. With Willamette’s growing number of connections in Seattle-based organizations, these jobs are becoming even more accessible to current Atkinson students.
The trip also included a Seattle alumni event, where students had the chance to network with other Atkinson alumni in the area, and opportunities to visit tourist attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. The event was a great way to kick off the new year, and students were happy to return to Salem with a list of promising internships and jobs to apply for – as well as their new magenta T-Mobile t-shirts.