How do I know who to talk to? What do I say? How do I get a conversation started? These questions are all important to think about when networking in the business world and pursuing an ideal career. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Expo, held recently at the Patriot Center in Rothschild, provided the perfect opportunity for several Globe University-Wausau students from the veterinary technology program to apply their networking skills as they prepare to graduate and pursue their own career opportunities.
The expo drew in over 200 businesses from the area which allowed a very diverse range of potential professional contacts for the students to reach out to. By taking the field trip through their Career Capstone class, the students learned firsthand that you never know what connections you can make just by striking up a conversation.
“I was amazed at how many local businesses attended the expo,” said Trina Olson, a veterinary technology student who will be graduating from the Wausau campus. “I even found a connection with a business through a school project while networking,” she said.
Brittany Longstaff, also in the veterinary technology program, utilized the event to familiarize herself with other businesses as well. “I enjoyed talking with the different financial companies. It’s nice to know that I have options to plan for my future,” she said.
The annual event gave the students endless opportunities to take the skills they’ve been learning in class and apply them in a real-world setting. “This was a really great and unique experience,” said soon-to-be veterinary technology grad Jacie Sodke. “It was nice to use my networking skills and find out more about the businesses.”
In addition to the student field trip, Globe University-Wausau also had a booth at the expo. Many of the programs were represented, including blood pressure checks given by the medical assistant students. The event was a huge success.
Attending the expo was beneficial to both the University and the students. “I really enjoyed coming to the business expo, meeting new people and making a lot of connections,” said veterinary technology student Amy Jaeger.
With the combined success of Globe’s presence at the expo and the fantastic learning opportunity the event provided for students, there’s no doubt Globe will return next year for another great experience!