By Elizabeth Burke,
Stillman News Writer
Last week on Thursday, November 13, students, faculty, and professionals packed the Jubilee fourth floor atrium for the second annual Speed Networking event.
The Career Center and the Marketing Club were happy to team up together to put on the great event. In total, sixteen professionals and seventy-one students showed up for a wonderful and productive evening. The event was set up to reflect a “speed dating” event.
A business professional or two sat at each side on every table. Then, a small group of four or five students sat on the opposite side. The business executives rotated tables approximately every five minutes. This gave the students the opportunity to meet with a variety of professionals and discuss various topics for a few minutes before meeting with the next professional.
In their interactive conversations, both groups of people were able to learn so much from each other. This event served as a great purpose for both the professionals and the students. It gave the students a chance to ask questions and receive feedback about internships, the real working world, their resumes, and other aspects of the business world. It also gave the professionals a chance to share advice on their own careers, experiences, hardships, and other learning experiences. This provided a very dynamic learning environment for all who were included.
One student, junior Steven Lombardi, who is a marketing and finance double major, shared his thoughts on this event. “After preparing a lot of questions to ask the professionals, I got a lot of different feedback that gave me great insight on what to expect for my future.”
Steven was one of the many students that came prepared. Like other prepared individuals, he was able to get a lot of positive insight out of the entire experience. Another positive from this event was the variety of companies that were represented. This event was unique because it wasn’t solely finance focused, or marketing focused, or even accounting focused. This made the Speed Networking Event even more popular by a greater number of students since it was open to all majors and students.
Steven also mentioned that “[he] loved the more laid back environment. It wasn’t too much pressure because the atmosphere was much more relaxed.” Since it was not very formal, students did not feel as much pressure as other more formal events.
The relaxed conversation and environment made everyone much more comfortable. This was one of the many positive results from the excellent managing of the event.
All in all, the second Annual Speed Networking Event was a huge success. Those in charge worked very hard and made great improvements from last year. With this event’s continuous improvement, the Seton Hall community will certainly be looking forward to next year’s turn out.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 18th print edition.
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