The event is structured to allow students and professionals to meet with one another for five minutes before rotating to the next table. This system allows for networking, as well as for providing the opportunity for students to gain general advice and information.
“The alumni office is committed to offering networking opportunities for our alumni,” said Director of Alumni Relations Travis Bandstra ’06, “and this event provides a unique opportunity to do so while also providing guidance to future alums who are just starting down their career paths.”
During these uncertain economic times, this popular form of networking brings great value to alumni as they stay connected in their career field and to students who establish initial connections prior to their graduation.
Bandstra collaborates with the Cooper Center, who helps plan and market the event to the students. According to Jackie Medenblik ’82, director of the Cooper Center, this opportunity teaches students what networking is all about, and the important role it plays in the job search process.
“The speed networking event was a great opportunity to gain not only knowledge about the represented companies, but experience in interviewing and self-presentation skills,” said business communication major Ashley Veurink ’12 of Corsica, South Dakota. “The small time slot we were allowed to speak with the representatives taught us to prioritize, and discern how to make a big impression with little time.”