by: Jessica Cerda
The College of Business held their 2nd annual LislePalooza on Thursday, February 20th. The event took place in Krasa second floor from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. LislePalooza was created for students to jumpstart their careers and future professional opportunities through networking with alumni.
LislePalooza offered different workshops throughout the event. A career and internship fair, walk-in resume critique, and an overview of LinkedIn were some of the workshops at the event. Several companies were on-site with job and internships opportunities for students. The companies looking for candidates were from ABM Security, Care Clinics of Naperville, Village of Lisle, Staples and more.
During lunch hours, a Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon took place. Benedictine President Dr. William Carroll, Dean Sandra Gill and Mayor Joseph Broda were guest speakers.
For the networking portion of LislePalooza, alumni spoke with students and gave them advice for their future careers. Alumni represented several companies such as BMO Harris Bank, Calamos Investments, Argianas and Associates, First Midwest Bank, Government Agency, Target Corporation, Prudential Insurance CO., US Bank, Natural Gas Liquids, Mi-Jack Management Co. and IT Augmentation Solutions.
“Networking skills have never been more valuable than now,” said Eric Goodwin, Project Manager for the College of Business.
Goodwin also says students can be more comfortable approaching Alumni.
“We want to thank our alumni, we are very appreciative that they are generous of their time. We are very grateful,” said Goodwin in regards to alumni helping with the event.
The LinkedIn workshop was led by Lynne Schrott, Career Development Coordinator. Schrott showed students how to get their profile started or how to modify their existing profiles.
”We encourage all students to get their LinkedIn profile right away,” said Melissa Mouhelis, Assistant Director for the Career Center.
Mouhelis also said the Career Center and College of Business wanted to choose workshops they felt students needed.
In weeks to come, the Career Center and the College of Liberal Arts will host “The Liberal Arts Advantage: Career Exploration Series” on March 13th in Krasa from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is for students who are thinking of majoring in Philosophy or History. Students will get a chance to hear from alumni who have majored in these areas and get advice on career paths.