Alumni Spotlight – Nick Catrone ’16

Nick currently works as a Business Development Manager at Siemens as well as a Real Estate Developer with 4C Properties LLC

What was your major while at Binghamton?

Mechanical Engineering

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

Ice Hockey Team

Did you have any internships?

Yes – A local internship for the Suffolk County DPW as a field engineer

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

Learning how to handle setbacks and adversity at Binghamton really helped me in my first job in the “real world”. I knew how to fall and get back on my feet and keep moving forward.

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

Time Management and Communication

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

It always depends on the type of role, but everyone should have a natural ability to work well with others, communicate, and manage their time effectively.

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

I would have tried to explore more classes or clubs in the HVAC/Buildings industry (related to my field).

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

Go to career fairs, networking events, industry visits, job interviews, etc. To me there isn’t one thing specifically but a combination of the above.

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

To not be afraid to do something you really are passionate about. Once you get in the door and build up some experience in your field, you need to think about who you want to be in 5 years and 10 years. Play to your strengths!

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