Students Connect with Employers at Networking Lunch
Penn State DuBois students had the opportunity to meet area business leaders, and received valuable job searching tips at the annual Networking Lunch held on April 16, in the DEF Building.
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 staff and alumni on topics including job search tips, financial planning and management, and the importance of networking and finding a mentor.
"The classifieds in the newspaper are not the only place to look for jobs anymore," said Penn State Regional Job and Internship Developer Stephanie DeMaro. "The classifieds are one part of it; today there are so many other places to network and search. Social media, for example, provides so many networking opportunities."
DeMaro drove home the value that the campus Networking Lunch has for students as another opportunity to jump start their career. The students agreed.
"This helps with gaining experience in talking and interacting with professionals," said business and marketing major Cori Bus. "Events like this have given me the courage to network."
"I think events like these are really helpful. You can find an internship or a job at these," said another business and marketing major, Kendra Chamberlin. Chamberlin noted that she did, in fact, land an internship for this summer while attending a previous Penn State networking and internship event.
John Adduci, of Vision Creative Solutions of Punxsutawney, was one of the professionals who attended the luncheon. His company provides marketing services for other local companies who don't have their own in-house marketing department. He said the events like the luncheon help businesses just as much as they help the student-jobseekers.
"We're in the market for an intern. With an intern, we can get more done for our clients," Adduci said. "I wanted to see if any of the people here had the writing skills or design skills we're looking for. We're always looking for young talent."