Posted by Farani Aryono on
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Yesterday I went to Albers Alumni Happy Hour at Palomino in downtown Seattle. I am usually not a big fan of career fairs or formal networking events, but the happy hour was much different than most networking events I've been to in the past.
The happy hour was organized by Albers Alumni and open for alumni, students and friends of Albers. The atmosphere was more casual and the setting was smaller - we could order some appetizers and drinks, sit/stand and move around while chatting with others. I talked to several alumni and asked about what they do and how their graduate degrees helped them in their careers. The alumni were friendly, engaging and I enjoyed my conversations with them. The happy hour was scheduled for 2 hours and there were about 30 people in Palomino bar area when I left around 5.30pm.
After the happy hour, I walked out with PJ and Eleina (both are Albers students) and PJ brought up several good points during our chat:
- Always bring your business cards to give/exchange with people you talking to. If you don’t have one, go to Albers Placement Center and ask them to help you order some. The cards can have Seattle U logo in them and the printing fee is reasonably priced for what you get.
- When you go to networking events, focus on the present (your conversation and who you talk to). Do not worry too much about the ‘end product’. If you think too much if the person works in an industry you're interested in or if he/she could give you a job referral, you might come off as uninterested or inattentive.
I believe going to networking events like this is a good way to stay connected, practice your networking/people skill, and get to know more people from both same and different industries from yours. If you missed the happy hour yesterday, we’ll have another one next week – Cross School Event with UW Foster Business School students at the Garage lounge.
Please read about it on PJ’s blog entry below and I hope to see you there!
Written by Farani Aryono, firstname.lastname@example.org