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Business Students Practice Networking Skills with Local Business Professionals

December 4, 2019

Business Networking Students

On Thursday, November 21, first-year business students participated in a networking workshop with local business people and other working professionals. The event was part of assistant professor of sports management Steve Nordstrom’s BUS 138 Fundamentals of Business course.  The purpose of the exercise was to allow students to practice their networking skills and to learn to communicate and converse with business professionals.

“In addition to making me feel more comfortable in approaching and talking to business people, it was also nice to get some first-hand knowledge of business,” said Laura Jensen, a first-year student from Wayne, Michigan.

“I think I’ve become more comfortable at starting a conversation,” Dmitri Samusev from Laurel, Maryland said. “It was also nice to hear from actual business people about their daily lives.”

“Students need to develop excellent communications skills in order to be successful in their careers,” said Nordstrom.

This statement is validated by the fact that excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with people at all levels is continually at the top of the list of skills most sought after by companies when hiring employees.  The networking event was an example of the emphasis placed on experiential learning in the International School of Business.

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