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Networking Event Connects Students with Employers

Students spoke with State Representative Matt Gabler during the Networking Luncheon. From left to right are Chris Kolp, student; Adam Snyder, student; Gabler; and Alex Angstadt, student government president.
Students spoke with State Representative Matt Gabler during the Networking Luncheon. From left to right are Chris Kolp, student; Adam Snyder, student; Gabler; and Alex Angstadt, student government president.
3/25/2011 —

DuBois – Some Penn State DuBois students looking forward to graduation are off to a good start on their job search.  The Professional Networking Luncheon, sponsored by the Blue and White Society, gave students the opportunity to connect with potential employers, successful alumni, and other area business leaders.

 

Representatives from various companies and alumni working in various fields were invited to meet with students at the luncheon and offer insight into their industries.  Students had the chance to network with these representatives and have their questions answered.

 

The students and professionals who attended also listened to presentations by Penn State DuBois staff and alumni on topics including job search tips, financial information, and the importance of networking and finding a mentor. 

 

"It's extremely important to provide the students with opportunities to make these connections.  It's important for the business people too, to get to know these young graduates," said campus alumnae Jessica Jones Haggerty.  The 2006 Letters, Arts, and Sciences graduate and previous recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award is working on her doctorate dissertation on Mentoring.  Her expertise allowed her to give a dynamic presentation on the benefits of finding a mentor. 

 

Students at the luncheon said presentations on financial information, like student loans, and the tips offered on networking skills were eye opening.

 

"You have to do a lot more than what I was planning to do to get a good job," said Wildlife Technology student, Sean Frantz, of Muncy, PA.  "I know what to do now though; this information was really good for me."

 

"It's a good idea to have us all here to interact with other students and business contacts," added Earth Science student Cortney Yenzi, of Reynoldsville. "I've learned some different ways to network and job search and it really helps."

 

The offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services plan to provide this opportunity annually. If you would like to get involved please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 814-375-4775 or email Autumn Weil at agw11@psu.edu

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