Susquehanna Hosts Student Career Summit
Published on October 21, 2011
Susquehanna University alumni shared valuable connections and advice with students at the school’s first annual Student Career Summit Oct. 7 and 8. The event, open to students in all majors, was hosted by the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the Sigmund Weis School of Business.
Speakers at the event included alumni working at American Express, Deloitte & Touche LLP, JPMorgan Chase, The Hershey Company and West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corporation, among others.
Following a networking reception and dinner for juniors and seniors at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Hummels Wharf, the two-day summit featured alumni-student exchanges on choosing a major, preparing for graduate school and doing well in a first job interview. The professionals counseled students about such careers as finance, human resources, nonprofit organizations, government, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, public relations and more. Students also met with alumni to engage in mock interviews and review resumes.
“The fact that so many alumni took time to come back to campus to talk to students about various career paths, review resumes and conduct mock interviews shows how dedicated alumni are to helping current students as they begin searching for internships and jobs after school,” said Sarah Easton, a junior majoring in business administration with a marketing emphasis. “I learned a lot about career paths I hadn't considered before, and exchanged contact information with several alumni who offered to help me apply for internships for this summer.”
“Not only was the event a fabulous networking opportunity, but the resume review was invaluable,” said Robin Carey, a senior double-majoring in business administration and economics. “To have people from companies I am considering for post-grad employment tell me exactly what they look for on a resume makes me feel like I have gained a serious advantage in the hiring market.”
Students had an additional opportunity to make professional connections on Oct. 7, when Susquehanna hosted an intimate, informal luncheon with alumni at the Degenstein Campus Center.
Karen M. Jones