In today’s ultra-competitive business world, networking is an invaluable skill. It is also one that many young professionals do not have ample opportunity to develop while they’re busy pursuing a degree.
Here at LIM College, we know that creating meaningful connections can make all the difference when it comes to landing a coveted internship or full-time job, so we make it a priority to offer students as many chances as possible to hone their networking skills.
On April 30, our Center for Career Development, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, held the first annual “LIM’s Night Out” at AnTalia restaurant. At this simulated business event, undergraduate and MBA students mixed and mingled with professionals from the worlds of fashion, cosmetics, publishing and entertainment.
Participating students enjoyed “mocktails” then went on to dine with representatives from top companies, including Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Macy's. The students received a list of attendees in advance so they could perform background research on who they were about to meet and be prepared to engage them in relevant and memorable conversations. At the end of the night, students took home goody bags with items donated by Saks Fifth Avenue and other industry partners.
The evening was a great success, with 94% of students who responded to a post-event survey indicating that they would recommend the event to a classmate or colleague. I would like to thank the executives who came out that night to support our students, as well as Mariela Torres, Diane Freeman and Stephanie Licata in the Center for Career Development, and Michael Palladino, Director of Student Life, for their hard work in creating yet another unique opportunity for our students to enhance their professional skills and abilities.