by Payal Shukla
Benedictine University hosted the Cadence Health healthcare organization at a networking event on Thursday Novemeber 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Krasa ABC.
This event is part of a monthly networking series that is aimed to help students network with professionals in their field and learn more about certain careers that they may want to pursue. This event was free and open to any student who was interested in networking with professionals from the Cadence Health organization.
According to Julie Cosimo, Director of Career Development, the coffee house events have been a tradition at Benedictine for two years. This month’s event was targeted at the College of Science. Each month, the event is focused at a different college.
This month, Benedictine hosted two Cadence Health employees, including Jason Lentz, M.S. ’12, human resources/talent optimization manager, and Corine Haviley, Ph.D. ’11, associate chief nursing officer.
Cadence Health is an exceptional organization that is committed to delivering high quality healthcare through advanced technology, patient focus, and access to top-notch health care. They focus on the western suburbs of Chicago and the surrounding region. Its two main hospitals include Central DuPage Hospital, in Winfield and Delnor Hospital, in Geneva.
Students who attended this event found it highly beneficial in learning about the medical field.
“Even though I am a freshman, it was nice to meet people who are well informed about the medical field. Although it isn’t relevant to me right now, it was nice to learn about the application and hiring process that I will have to go through in a few years,” said freshman Bhavana Movva.
At this event, students explored employment opportunities at Cadence Health, and learned about the hiring and application process. They also realized how important networking is in establishing a strong base of contacts. Finally, students learned about how companies use social media such at LinkedIn and Twitter to search for qualified applicants as well as advertise for job openings.
“After attending this networking event, I realized how important appearance is when attending networking event. As well, it is extremely important to keep your personal social networking accounts professional because hiring companies will be looking at them,” said freshman Sandya George.
Interested students brought their resumes and business cards to give to the interested employers and other guests at the event.
According to Cosimo, Cadence Health, since the merger between Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals, were looking to hire 350 new employees.
“Even though I am a freshman, it was nice to meet people who well informed about the medical field. Although it isn’t relevant to me right now, it was nice to learn about the application and hiring process that I will have to go through in a few years,” said freshman Bhavana Movva.
For more information on the next highly recommended and beneficial coffee house networking event, please visit www.ben.edu/career!