Buena Vista University

Alumni Return to Campus to Mentor Students

Oct. 9, 2013

On Oct. 4, Buena Vista University hosted its 16th Annual Career Symposium in conjunction with its Homecoming activities, allowing students to connect with alumni in their respective field of study and find out more about the career paths open to them.

The day included panel discussions where various alumni addressed students in their specific school and background, such as accounting, computer technology, communications/public relations, education, finance, management, marketing/sales, media, music, social work/counseling, graduate school and more.

During the panel discussions, alums talked very casually and openly about their BVU experiences, their current jobs and the various career paths that are open in their select disciplines. They shared stories, talked about the value of internships and gave input regarding degree options and study emphases that could help students find employment opportunities in their desired career fields.

Students also had an opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions with alumni to talk with them personally about their career and how to get from being a BVU student to following a similar career path. There were only two to three students per alum, so the conversations could take a more personal direction. Students were allowed to bring resumes for alums to review and were encouraged to learn more about the interview processes in their respective fields.

Overall, 75 alumni from a variety of locations were in attendance and 800 students participated in the events throughout the day.

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