Networking can be unnerving for a lot of people and learning how to market yourself can seem just as daunting. Last week, twenty Faculty of Environment alumni joined Centre for Career Action advisor, Alicia Flatt to help nearly sixty environment students learn top tips for selling their unique skills and attributes - and to practice networking in a safe, comfortable environment.
"It was not intimidating like some other networking events," one first-year Geography student noted, "the format really helped me open up and interact better." An Environment & Resource Studies (ERS) student said she appreciated the opportunity to connect with people in the environment industry. "I wouldn't have had the chance to meet such inspiring people if I had not attended this event."
Those connections not only helped students grow their networks but also gave some reassurance. "I really enjoyed the comfort I got out of speaking to the alumni," a 2nd-year MCC student mentioned. "It seems as though everyone goes through a bit of a grind to find their ideal job, and I felt relief in knowing that I am on the right track for my career."
The alumni who volunteered their time also got a lot from the experience. "I enjoy giving back to those who are just trying to enter into the field," one ERS graduate told us. "I benefited from a lot of mentorship at Waterloo in my co-op terms and in my career and I believe we should pay it forward."
The Leadership Series was created to give students from the Faculty of Environment an opportunity to connect with and learn from alumni through discussion and small-group networking. Save the date for the next speed networking event on Wednesday, October 3, 2019.
Please click the first image to open the gallery in higher resolution.