Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:23

Connect Students to Business Dinner a way for students to connect

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The key to doing business is networking and the annual Connecting Students to Business event being held March 19 at the Medicine Hat Lodge is a good first step for many Medicine Hat College students on their way to new careers.

Tickets sales went well according to Jenna Williams, community relations officer at Medicine Hat College as the goal was over upwards of 200 tickets. There was 110 business tickets including those Chamber of Commerce members, the City of Medicine Hat accounting firms and of course college faculty. As of last Friday, Williams says there was about 60 students who had purchased tickets who came from cumulative GPA, administrative office professional and management programs; global tourism and marketing, business administration with majors in marketing, management accounting and financial services.
“Businesses love the relationship with the students they can garner,” explains Williams who adds there is no obvious pushing or facilitating conversations other than assigned seating where they try to put students involved in certain programs close to each other (i.e. those with accounting backgrounds close to business owners of accounting firms).
Williams says many of the business people have been there before and they know how to interacted with those there.
“We wanted to continue that focus on students. We wanted to honour those students.”
She says the whole idea was partially to give students and faculty time to celebrate with the Medicine Hat College’s Business Person of the Year Rick Derbyshire, but also for the students to rub shoulders with some possible future employers.
“Many students get job offers from possible employers,” explains Williams who has gone to more than a few of these Connecting Students to Business Dinners.
“(It’s a) safe networking environment as some of them have never been to a networking event. They may not know how to initiate conversation and this allows them to improve in fostering relations.”
The business students sold tickets and are helping set up so they were involved in organization as well.
Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge with a weldome address at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Business attire is required.

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