A Success At The Finance Networking Forum

By Tamanna Desai,
Stillman News Writer

Thursday October 1, 2015 was an eventful day for business students looking to build their professional finance network.

Recruiters from reputable companies such as CIT, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Verizon and many more were all present to interact with students and provide some insight on their professional careers.

Dean Strawser initiated the event by welcoming the professionals and students and thanking the Seton Hall University Career Center for putting together the wonderful event.

She then introduced the keynote speaker, Susan Cooper, who is the CEO of Empire Wealth Strategies.

Empire Wealth Strategies, also known as EWS, is a financial planning company that helps professionals and other clients plan and achieve their financial goals.

Susan Cooper provided networking tips for the students before formally starting the networking event. She encouraged students to research their field of interest and the companies that will be present at future events.

The more knowledge a student has about their major or company they are speaking to, the easier it becomes to speak to recruiters.

Moreover, creating a connection with a recruiter is extremely important because it makes it easier for recruiters to remember the student.

Background research on the student’s end can be key to sparking that connection.

Cooper emphasized the importance of being confident every step of the way.

For Cooper, it is imperative that her interns are confident, professional, and driven. These qualities could have tremendous value over a good GPA on a resume.

She then wished the students good luck and inaugurated the event with the phrase “Let the networking begin”.

Kathleen Yeckley, a sophomore in the business school said, “Networking with individuals not only allowed me to become aware of opportunities with various companies, but it also provided me with the opportunity to meet established professionals who took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences. None of this would have happened if I didn’t attend the networking forum.”

It is safe to say that is true for all of the students who attended last Thursday.

Congratulations to the Career Center for yet another successful Finance Networking event.

The Stillman community will be looking forward to the upcoming Career Center events this semester.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 6th print edition.

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