Students Build Career Networks

Paul V. Brown '99, Staffing Consultant, Applied Materials, shakes hands with student Jace Miller

January 27, 2012

Menlo College held its annual Speed Networking Night yesterday to give students an opportunity to improve on their communication skills and help them build career networks. The event, organized by Career Services and the Advancement Office, featured sixteen Menlo alumni who have established themselves as successful professionals in the Silicon Valley.

“I was please to see that students were highly professional in their communication skills and their dress,” said Tina Fairbairn, Director of Alumni & Community Relations, one of the organizers of the event. “Alumni were also really enthusiastic about meeting students, and gave them some great advice.”

Speed Networking Night follows the popular “speed dating” format, where each student is paired with an alumnus to make a two-minute elevator pitch followed by a three-minute discussion, before moving to the next table.

“I was very impressed with the intelligence, focus andpreparedness of the majority of the students who attended,” commentedTeodor Vacev ’04,
Research Analyst atMarcus & Millichap. “You are doing a great job, keep it up!”

Speed Networking Night was part of a series of career-related events prepared by the Advancement Office in collaboration with Career Services. For a full schedule of upcoming events, please visit the Career Events page.

See photos from the event: Speed Networking Night One 2012