My name is Michael Look. I’m 21 and about to graduate from NYU studying Sports Business.
I’m Alex Wei. Also 21. Last semester, studying Business.
Have you started your job hunt yet, and what's the application process been like?
Alex Wei: Well, I interned for a bank this past summer, and thankfully they offered me a job, so I'm just going to be working with them this summer in June. Basically, I’m working with them on like debt products. So it's just helping them do something, but it's mostly just going to be groundwork from the beginning. There is a learning curve, but eventually, you get a good grasp over it.
Micheal Look: I’m in the initial talks right now [for a job]. I'm interning currently at Madison Square Garden, working with the Knicks and Rangers. I really want to get into sports, specifically basketball. So I had the initial interview with MSG in a technology role. I also had a phone call yesterday with the NBA. We'll see where that goes, but nothing set yet.
When did you kind of figure out what industry you wanted to work within, and what point in your college career did you make that decision?
Wei: I didn't want to study business coming into it, but my dad was like, you should probably go to the school, it’s a good school. I said OK. Coming from high school, I wasn't too confident in my own career driving moves because I was 17, 18, so I just let my dad make that decision. At a certain point I knew I’d be able to change my path. I never really decided to do that though because I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it. I think toward the end of my career, when I actually got some industry experience, I could see myself doing it, and I do enjoy it.
Look: My first love was definitely basketball. I played high school basketball at Our Bishop Malloy and in order to even play, I needed to practice three hours a day, every single day, the whole summer. So, you know, almost all of my time, all my focus Iwas around basketball. And then after high school, I didn't really think I was going to play college ball. So I really had to find what to do with all my time. Then I saw an opportunity at a NYU’s SPS [School of Professional Studies] studying Sports Business where my career could still be revolved around something that I love. What I do now in work, doing data analytics for basketball, it’s not necessarily involved with basketball and the skills that you need to play it, but it's something that I was willing to do.
With so many young adults pursuing higher education, the currency of a bachelor’s degree has really plummeted in the last five to ten years––are you considering going back to school for a Masters, even a Ph.D.?
Look: One thing that my dad always advised me was that I should get my bachelor's, work, see what type of work and what actual money you're going to be making in that job industry, and if you want a change in your career, then that's when you go for your master's. Or if you really know that you want to advance in that field, then you go for a master's. But it's just such a heavy investment that you really need to be sure. I think you need a couple of years of work to be informed of what you should do with it. If you're an art major, you could go to business school and get a job in finance if you wanted that. Or if you're in finance and you don't like it, then you can absolutely like go into something else that you enjoy more, or even become a MD after you get your master’s.