Alumni Q&A with Tommie Pearson, Jr. ’18

The Basics:

Tommie Pearson, Jr., Recruiter at Wayfair

Graduated from Binghamton in 2018 with a degree in Political Science

 

What activities and clubs/organizations did you participate in at Binghamton?

  • Greek life
  • Student worker in the Binghamton University Bookstore.
  • Undergraduate teaching assistant for Policy Debate.

 

Tell us about your internships

Real Education About College Health (REACH) – raised awareness for health issues college students face.

Consultant in the Public Speaking Lab – provided peer-to-peer consulting to students seeking oral presentation assistance and critique.

 

How did your experience at Binghamton help prepare you for your first position after graduation?

I participated in activities and internships that helped me develop soft skills such as relationship-building, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. During my service year, those skills were invaluable as I sought to assist communities living in poverty find ways out.

 

For a career in your field, what skills do you think are most important right now?

Communication, innovation, team building, and critical thinking.

 

What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates for your company?

I would look for new graduates that participated in a wide range of extracurricular activities, internships, and employment.

 

If you could do college all over again, what would you add to your college experience?

I would participate in a study abroad program.

 

What is one thing you think a student can do before senior year to be ready for the job search?

Visit The Fleishman Center to polish your resume and cover letter.

 

What is the best piece of career advice you would give to current students?

Be open to new experiences. Career paths aren’t always linear, so taking the road less traveled might lead you to a destination you didn’t expect to arrive at.

 

Want to learn more about Tommie:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommiepearsonjr/

 

By Cassie Spencer
Cassie Spencer Assistant Director, Internship and Career Education Cassie Spencer