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Campus Holds Speed Networking Event



Oct 28, 2013

The Fort Wayne Campus hosted a speed networking event on Thursday, October 10th.  Six area employers attended and discussed various aspects of job searching with students and graduates.  The employer participants included: Frontier Communications, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, Employment Plus, CareerStarter, and the Graduate Retention Program.  Topics of discussion covered the importance of soft skills, creating a budget for a new career, being creative about the job search, and how to use online resources such as Indiana INTERNnet and LinkedIn. 

All participants were assigned a starting point with one of the employers.  After 20 minutes, all participants rotated to the next employer’s station until the participants visited every employer.  Participants were encouraged to dress for success and bring résumés.  This event was particularly beneficial for students and graduates in that it was more informal than a job fair.  All participants had time to network with each of the employers, ask questions, and build relationships that had the potential to lead to career opportunities.

One of the participants, student Cyndi McClendon, stated, “Every student should participate in the networking event because it not only touched on the known job searching techniques, but it also introduced technology resources that weren’t previously available.” “It was a great opportunity to engage with the students about internships and resources to find internships,” said Graduate Retention Program representative Audra Castaneda.  “I enjoyed how I could get personal [by] talking with students about their specific career paths.  It was great to see the students connect with the material I presented.”

Pictured is of Audrea Casteneda of the Graduate Retention Program and student Cyndi McClendon. Audrea is showing Cyndi how to use Indiana INTERNnet. 

 

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