“Because of co-op, I had one full year of real work experience before graduation that really set me apart from the other candidates.”
In the Fall of his senior year, Ambler, Pennsylvania native Sean Cincotta ’17 boarded a private plane headed to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a final interview at the headquarters of family-owned finance company, Stephens Financial. By the time he stepped back onto the ground in Pennsylvania, he had a call with a job offer.
“I first saw the opening posted on the SJU career site, by an alumnus working in the New York office,” says Cincotta, a finance and accounting major.
“I was attracted to the family culture of Stephens, which is a lot like SJU. Here, people are committed to each other, it’s a close-knit, encouraging community where you can go outside your comfort zone and meet new people. I wanted to find that in a workplace, too,” he says. After graduation, Cincotta will be working out of the company’s New York office as an investment banking analyst.
During his time at SJU, he participated in the University’s co-op program, which follows an accelerated format, allowing students to graduate in four years.
“Co-op was the number one talking point on all of my interviews,” says Cincotta. “Because of co-op, I had one full year of real work experience before graduation that really set me apart from the other candidates.”
Cincotta credits the co-op program with preparing him for his career by submerging him in professional environments and teaching him valuable lessons about time management, teamwork, communication and how to work with a wide array of people.
“As soon as I started to co-op, I saw the value. SJU does everything right – providing opportunities to network and building that network with alumni and businesses and providing support while you are in the co-op program,” he says. “It’s not just about getting you a job, but about developing you as a professional.”