30 Lycoming College business and accounting students attended a PM Exchange April 16.
The networking event, held at Morgan Stanley, allowed for students to meet with members of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce in a casual, informal atmosphere.
Anne Landon, assistant director and internship coordinator for Lycoming College said, “Networking is not just about who you know but who knows you. Students sometime underestimate the how useful their network of contacts can be and how they can use this network to increase the chances of landing a job.”
Students were prepared for the PM Exchange by Greg Bell, senior major gift officer at Lycoming College, who was a guest speaker for one of the business practicums weekly professional development seminars. Prior to the event, Bell delivered professional networking tips and led a speed networking activity for the students.
“I was well prepared for the PM Exchange,” said Kelley Hile, a junior Marketing and Corporate Communications double major. “I designed my own business cards and was able to exchange cards with several local business owners. I am now much more confident with my networking ability in a professional setting. I was able to interact with a lot of people I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise, including the chamber president, Mr. Vincent Matteo.”
“Not only does the event help transition our students into the professional world, the event also introduces the business community to the high quality of our students,” added Dr. Bonita Kolb, professor of business administration at Lycoming College.