Networking: it is perhaps one of the most dominant terms in the average undergraduate’s vocabulary. While it is undoubtedly important to succeed in the classroom, a student’s actions beyond the classroom are often what differentiate the truly substantial student from the average one.
Fortunately, we attend a university that offers seemingly limitless networking opportunities and a strong alumni population that yearns to help current students excel. The President’s Business Council (PBC) affords students the opportunity to come in direct contact with successful University alumni in various sectors of the business world.
PBC is a group of University alumni. Members of the PBC take time out of their busy lives to not only network with current students, but also to personally mentor them. Undergraduates can choose to be paired with a career coach, who will guide the student by sharing personal experiences and offering advice. Often, students are offered internships and career opportunities as a direct result of their communication with PBC members.
Students can also travel to nearby cities through PBC’s arrangement of business networking trips. These trips to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC replace a day in the classroom with interactive learning. Students meet with alumni in their offices and learn about potential career opportunities.
The networking trips end with a reception where students converse with additional alumni and business professionals. Scranton students expanded their networks by traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday. While students who attend these trips miss a day of note-taking, classroom lectures and power-point slides, the real-world experience and newly gained perspectives are extremely valuable and contribute to the success of Scranton students.
PBC holds an annual award dinner in NYC to raise funds for the prestigious Presidential Scholarships offered to incoming University first-year students. The President’s Business council truly contributes to the strong sense of community that The University is known for. It is both an advantage and an inspiration to have such a strong tie to Scranton alumni who genuinely care about the success of future students.
Despite their hectic lives, alumni put forth the effort to connect with the student body; despite their hectic academic and extracurricular schedules, students should likewise find time and take advantage of the opportunity to connect.