The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) is pleased to host a number of industry representatives who currently work in your field of study and are typically University of Saskatchewan Alumni.
Dust off your networking clothes, and come out to actively engage with industry representatives in your field! Join us in this interactive session to practice specific networking activities. It is a way for students to build discipline-specific connections in an educational and supported environment. There will be an opportunity to network more extensively after the formal networking activities are complete.
Networking activities will include:
- Introducing yourself
- You will practice 4 networking activities: incorporating and building upon tips and tricks you have learnt as you go through each of the exercises
- Why networking is important (setting goals) and the various types of networking events
- Why the RSVP is important
- Arriving (engaging) and leaving (disengaging) at an event
- The handshake
- How to appear confident
- Creating your personal brand
- Professional etiquette
- Topics of discussion – making conversation
- What about food? dinner etiquette
- Advantages to using LinkedIn and a note about social media
You will understand the importance of defining goals/intentions before engaging in networking activities.
- Develop an authentic introduction and practice strategies to make a good first impression
- Receive guidance on professional etiquette including handshaking
- Identify strategies to network effectively in a casual or formal dining setting
- This is your opportunity for you to practice introducing yourself to people that you would now like to get to know more. Perhaps you didn’t have a chance to ask them specifically about a certain topic.
You never know when an opportunity is going to present itself, so take advantage of the situation to talk and network directly with people in your discipline or field of study!
- Initiate contact by practicing your F.A.S.T. Pitch ahead of time, so that you are prepared to use it as a means of introducing yourself:
F - First: name and firm handshake
A - Academics: year and major
S - Skills: strengths and interest (in position, their company, the industry, mentoring, etc.)
T - Target: define your objective (what is your goal for speaking with this person)
- Remember to smile and maintain good eye contact. Demonstrating a positive attitude and being engaged are very important!
- Stay long enough to have your questions answered and your interest recognized, but never monopolize a panelist’s time. Ensure that you have left a positive impression.
- Be patient while the panelist is speaking with another student.
- Be sure to thank the industry representatives for their time before you leave, as they have taken time to come onto campus and meet directly with students. +
- To learn more about networking, read our networking article.
NetworkingTalks - in Science
Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Industry Representatives include:
- Darryl Kacher, Vice President, Engineering, SED
- Devin Greene, Senior Systems Analyst, SED
- Colin Larson, Software Developer, SED
Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to hosting this event again in Fall 2017.
NetworkingTalks - in Kinesiology
Wednesday January 25, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2018.