Created by: Mikki Hornstein, 2012-2013 Career Advising Fellow
This past Tuesday night, at The Elon Network, Katie and I staffed a table where students visited us to order business cards. The Elon Network (not to be confused with the Elon Job Network) is an event held for the past three years that is “created for students and run by students.” Unlike how one might envision a typical networking event, the workers at The Elon Network are dressed in t-shirts and the attendees are encouraged to come dressed casually. The workers’ t-shirts are color-coded to provide an easy visual to guide students toward representatives from different industries/career paths.
Completely student run, this event promotes students talking (re:networking) amongst themselves, as well as networking with alumni and professionals who are invited to the event. The SPDC was present just to help out by providing some additional services (such as the business card table and free professional photos).
I was excited to be present at The Elon Network as I had worked with some of its key players to plan a pre-event for the SMART program participants. Welsford Bishopric and Jessica Petrillo were key in planning a Networking 101 session in March in which the SMART program participants were invited to come and learn about networking. Facilitated by myself, Jan Pagoria, Pam Brumbaugh, and Tom Vecchione, students learned the correct side of the shirt on which to place their nametag, practiced their elevator speeches, and “networked” with representatives from The Elon Network who were sitting at each table. The Networking 101 was a huge success with over 60 students in attendance. I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of these students at The Elon Network on Tuesday.
Thank you to the students who helped out for the SMART Networking 101 and congratulations to The Elon Network for another successful year!