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The Cooper Career Center invited 20 professionals to campus for the Career Networking Event March 10 to help a group of Trinity students sharpen their job-search skills.

Sitting opposite business executives, educators, scientists, and government workers, 32 juniors and seniors got a taste of the interviewing process that awaits them when they begin looking for employment. The event allows them to learn and apply interviewing techniques in a safe environment.

"In this setting, the students can practice interviewing when there are no high stakes involved," said Jackie Medenblik '82, an adviser in the Career Center. "If they make mistakes, they get feedback and can learn from them without the risk of not getting hired because of a bad interview."

The professionals interviewed two students in separate 40-minute sessions in the Grand Lobby. Russ Otten '78, who has participated in several networking events at the College, found the students' focus and future aspirations to be refreshing.

"I'm impressed by the number of students who know exactly what they want to do in their careers," said Otten, vice president of business development at Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures Group, which manufactures fixtures and displays for retail stores. "They have goals and a sense of direction, and I think that's fantastic.

"When I talk with the students, I emphasize the importance of showing who they are as people. Their résumés tell me about their background, but I want to know what kind of people they are. As an employer, I can teach work skills, but I can't teach character."

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