Speed Networking for Success
This past Thursday, April 2, more than fifty Trinity alumni, friends, and students attended the first speed networking event here on campus.
This type of event is growing in popularity at colleges around the country. The night is structured to allow students and professionals to meet with each other for five minutes and then rotate to the next person, allowing for networking and the sharing of advice and general information.
According to Director of Alumni Relations Travis Bandstra ’06, the alumni office is always looking for venues to help our alumni stay connected with each other, and in these uncertain economic times, the timing seemed more important than ever. “We targeted six or seven majors within the College and invited students and alumni or friends of the College who work in that field. Our goal was to provide a forum for alumni to network with each other, while also offering guidance to students who are pursuing a similar career path.”
The Cooper Center at Trinity looks to assist students with their job search through similar events. “The event was designed to give students an opportunity to connect with people they probably wouldn't meet,” said Jackie Medenblik ’82, director of the Cooper Center at Trinity. “Networking plays such an important part in the job search process because 75% of jobs are never posted. We wanted students to learn what networking is all about and how easy it is to do and we wanted alumni, staff, and board members to be able to give information based on their own experiences. I think we accomplished what we set out to do!”
Junior business major Kayla Brink, from Holland, Michigan, appreciated the opportunity to meet people from so many different fields and hear their feedback. “Coming into the event, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was certainly looking to hone my networking skills. Being from out of state, I was also hoping to expand my network in the Chicagoland area.”
Recent alumnus Rich Tameling with Northwestern Mutual also saw value in the event. “I found the event very rewarding to be able to offer any tips or advice to students. I know I have been in similar situations and didn’t know the best way to go about finding an internship/job, going in for an interview, how to network, etc. It also gave me an opportunity to get to know some of the ambitions of students, while possibly being a resource for them in the future.”
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