Speed Networking Accelerates Success
By: Jennifer Lindauer, Lion’s Eye Staff Writer
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the Tomezsko Lounge, Penn State Brandywine’s Office of Career Services partnered with local Penn State alumni, Blue and White Society, and the Student Government Association to host its annual “speed networking” event. Students had the opportunity to network with successful alumni, and prepare for future job interviews in a relaxed coffee shop setting.Every student had four minutes to speak with an alumni by asking them various questions about their profession. Alumni also asked students simulated interview questions. This helped students build their confidence for future job interviews. Students and alumni were also able to build connections. After speed networking, both groups had the chance to continue to network over lunch.When asked about the benefits of attending a networking event, Student Government President Neeka Pharaud, said “networking isn’t what you know but who you know and how to combine the two. When a person advances in their career, there usually was a connection that enabled them to advance, and this networking event helps students build those connections.”Sam Andricola participated in the networking event. “I enjoyed talking to the alumni because I met many different professionals from really great companies. Now I’m interested in those companies, and expanding my network.”Bobbi Caprice Penn State Brandywine’s assistant athletic director shared why it’s important for students to attend networking events.
“The speed networking event is a great way for students to get connected with our alumni. Having the largest alumni association in the country, it is important that they start making those connections as early as possible, Caprice said. “Our world is sometimes more about who you know, versus what you know. So it’s important that our students start to build valuable relationships now.”
Throughout this event students had the opportunity to create many new connections. The advice that was given, the questions that were asked, and the connections that were built helped prepare students for the next step in their lives.