Freshmen in Management 101 at the Lake County campus had an opportunity to practice attending a networking event at a “Mocktail” party during class. After composing and practicing an elevator speech, the class moved out to the commons area where snacks and apple cider awaited them. Half the class posed as applicants looking for positions and half as employers with job openings. The students practiced their self introductions, hand shakes and eye contact techniques, then promoted themselves as likely candidates. After a period of working the room, everyone switched roles.
How do you handle a networking event?
Back in the classroom, students discussed what they learned from their classmates, that many had work experience to talk about, in addition to their education. They also realized that the purpose of the snacks was to practice relevant conversation while balancing a drink, something to eat, and not talk with food in their mouths!