March 02, 2012

Management Students Participate in Networking Event and Panel Discussion

To Joseph Rosinski, BSM ’13, preparing for a career beyond college is about more than opening books and takings tests. It is also time management, being personable, and getting an idea of the “big picture” of life outside the classroom.

Rosinski got a preview of that “big picture” as one of many Wentworth students, professors, and alumni who packed the lobby of 610 Huntington on February 28 to hear a panel of five industry professionals discuss their work and what they look for in employees as part of a Management Networking Event.

William Fortier, vice president at State Street Corporation and a member of Wentworth’s Management advisory council, said the event could help Wentworth students get a clearer perspective of what they’ll find in the working world. “What I’d like to convey is setting a realistic expectation,” said Fortier.

Although he acknowledged that many Wentworth students have great co-op experiences, the majority of them will begin their career performing what he described as “non-glamorous activities” and “labor-intensive” work. In addition to Fortier, the panel included Laura Yorks from West Monroe Partners, Judy Dunn from Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Mike Hogan from Credit Suisse, and Elizabeth Albee of Novartis.

After the panelists offered their advice, Wentworth management executive-in-residence Andy Cahill and students in the audience offered a series of questions, covering everything from what field of business is best for launching one’s career to the right work ethic and behavior to exhibit as an intern.

Wentworth alumna Rebecca Chu, BSM ’11, hopes students left the meeting with professional connections outside of Wentworth, job prospects, and a better understanding of the range of opportunities available to them after graduation. Chu came to the networking event as a representative for Wakefield, Mass.-based marketing firm Epsilon, where she works as an associate business systems analyst. She believes Wentworth prepared her well for the post-graduation world and that events like this will expose the students to more “connections outside of Wentworth, and learning about the different companies that are out there.”

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