Twenty-nine children from the Maspeth school visited the Credit Suisse office in Manhattan, where they learned how to dress for a job interview, about being cordial and respectful at work, and to always take a person's business card and send a follow-up email.
“Focus and really work hard” was the theme of the trip, according to organizer Daisy Montalvo, an administrative assistant at Credit Suisse.
“This is something I hope the children can learn from,” she said. “We have to give these children opportunities.”
Mentors included Hadi Husain, vice president of Credit Repo, Elizabeth Lin, director of Credit Trading, Adrienne Lucier, managing director of IG Credit Sales, analysts Kevin Matheny and Kaitlyn Cheney, and Eric Miller, head of Global Markets Client and Content.
They advised the students to “surround yourself with people that give you energy, that work hard and support you” according to Cheney.
The mentors also asked students where they see themselves in five years, what careers interest them, and about their goals after high school.
“I saw how inspired the eighth graders were by the presentations, and the executives let them see first hand that anything is possible if you work hard,” said eighth-grade teacher Katherine Mangone. “I thought this was so beneficial to the children.”