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Kellogg networking event showcases job skills


11/15/2003 - On Nov. 15, the Kellogg School of Management hosted a professional development workshop for its students to enable them to compete better in a tight job market. Kellogg's Career Management Center and the school's Graduate Management Association (GMA) co-sponsored the networking event at the James L. Allen Center. The event was part of a series of recent workshops coordinated by the school to provide students with the tools and skills to conduct independent job searches. These independent searches would augment interviews facilitated by the school's relationship with corporate recruiters. About 300 Kellogg students joined faculty and staff in the evening session. Some faculty acted as facilitators for group discussions.

"The event was both educational and fun, a potent combination," said David Besanko, associate dean for academic affairs, who praised the event's student and staff organizers. "When the evening started, we broke out into small groups and worked on 'elevator pitches,' hoping to identify some undiscovered connections among students that might help in the independent job search. Later, with the full group of students, we did some power networking. My impression is that some valuable match-ups were made."

Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center Roxanne Hori agreed that the evening was a success. "I noticed a lot of smiles on student and faculty faces," said Hori. "I think everyone had a great time and learned that networking does not need to be as daunting as it seems."

In addition to letting students try out their existing and newly developed networking skills on one another and on Kellogg School faculty and staff, the evening provided another opportunity for professors and students to mingle. Said GMA President Laura Smith: "The event enabled Kellogg students to see their peers in a new light--as professional contacts. Many students realized, for the first time, just how valuable their classmates could be to their own job search."

"The event was both educational and fun, a potent combination," said David Besanko, associate dean for academic affairs, who praised the event's student and staff organizers. "When the evening started, we broke out into small groups and worked on 'elevator pitches,' hoping to identify some undiscovered connections among students that might help in the independent job search. Later, with the full group of students, we did some power networking. My impression is that some valuable match-ups were made."

Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center Roxanne Hori agreed that the evening was a success. "I noticed a lot of smiles on student and faculty faces," said Hori. "I think everyone had a great time and learned that networking does not need to be as daunting as it seems."

In addition to letting students try out their existing and newly developed networking skills on one another and on Kellogg School faculty and staff, the evening provided another opportunity for professors and students to mingle. Said GMA President Laura Smith: "The event enabled Kellogg students to see their peers in a new light--as professional contacts. Many students realized, for the first time, just how valuable their classmates could be to their own job search."