Today was a special time as approximately 55 students from Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College congregated once again to hear solid principles they can all benefit from following their graduation as they go on to further schooling or enter the job market in the very near future. “The Art of Mingling” program was chaired by Mark Murray, presented by members of the Career Services office at SHU and hosted by our club with 12 members serving as volunteers playing the role of Advisors/Professionals to the fine young men and women in attendance.
The primary mission of Career Services at Siena Heights University, as noted on their website, is to provide students and alumni assistance with identifying a career, developing a professional plan, evaluating and implementing career choices and creating a professional image.
Career Services staff, of which our own Barry Reinink is a part, assists students with engaging in self-assessment; obtaining occupational information; exploring employment, graduate and professional school opportunities; and professional preparation including presenting themselves effectively as candidates. Career Services is committed to providing personal attention to students needing assistance in all aspects of their career path.
Following a formal welcome by Mayor Berryman, Melissa Growden, Career Services Specialist within the Advancement Office of SHU and lead presenter for today’s program, shared very important information on “creating personal presence” and the many qualities that make for a great first impression. Role plays were presented throughout the one hour training program to emulate both the right and wrong ways to do things when it comes to making a great first impression. Each participant developed and wrote their own 30-second “elevator speech” that they will use when they meet new people.
One other item that was discussed was the importance of networking through LinkedIn particularly. A professional photographer was on hand to get head shots of anyone who wanted to post it to their individual page. Also discussed was the correct way to give your business card to another person. Our own John B. presented that portion of the program. Thanks to all 12 volunteers who help make this afternoon a success for these aspiring leaders of tomorrow!