Friday, March 22, 2013

City Life: Gordon Students Meet Alumni at 3rd Annual Boston Networking Event

Conversations flowed and affable waiters circled with their delicious delicacies as the Alumni Office hosted a networking event at the Boston Marriot Long Wharf. Over 40 alumni connected with 30 current students seeking job opportunities and advice. The March 21 event included a panel discussion and gave students an opportunity to connect with professionals in their desired field of work.

Engineers, sales managers, insurance brokers, consultants, lawyers, physician’s assistants, program coordinators and entrepreneurs were among the Gordon graduates who attended, and they all were looking to offer opportunities to students in whose shoes they once stood.

After about 45 minutes of networking the group gathered for the panel discussion. The speakers were Gordon grads from a variety of fields: social worker Kayla Peck ’11, attorney Abigail Baird ’03, financial services professional Peter Holt ’06 and recruiting professional Greg Karr ’93. They answered questions about their transition out of Gordon life, the pros of a Gordon degree and the role their faith plays in their work.

Abigail Baird spoke about how important it is for young professionals to develop their own values and goals.“No one will draw boundaries for you when it comes to work. It is ultimately up to you to find your balance in life,” she said.

The speakers urged students to take advantage of the many networking options available to them. “With networking websites and online job boards there is no reason not to get yourself out there and cast your potential employer net as wide as possible,” explained Greg Karr, “I actually mailed out resumes during my last semester of college and there was little thought behind it. Nowadays you can be more intentional about who you connect with.”

Senior Naama Mendes, an economics and international affairs double major, says, “It was refreshing to see the many vocational possibilities out there for Gordon students.”

The success of the event in connecting students with alumni was undeniable, but both groups expressed a desire for more events of this nature. “This event is a great starting block, but there needs to be other events throughout the year as well,” said Peter Holt.

This marks the third Career Services alumni networking event held in Boston. Peter Bayreuther, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, said Gordon hopes to organize more in the future to offer current students expanded connections with the alumni.

Pam Lazarakis, Director of Career Services, reflected positively on the evening: “Alumni and student networking is invaluable. There is a wonderful alumni contribution to students, who benefit in building confidence for employers and learning the skills necessary to get a job.”

DeWayne Davenport, creative brain at DC Group, commented, “I love being a part of a community that can give back to students. I have an affinity for wanting to help people that went to the same school as me, and see our presence in the Boston area grow.”

Since we're one of the few Christian universities outside of Boston we can take trips like this to the city frequently. 

Blogger: Mac Gostow ’13. Mac is a communication arts major from California and a student writer in the Office of College Communications at Gordon College. With a double minor in business administration and sociology, Mac has interned for CBS News in New York City, is a founder of ScotRadio, performs with theSweaty Tooth Madmen improv troupe, and served as a show host for KURadyo in Istanbul, Turkey. 

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