The BUILD Program kicked off the Winter quarter on January 20th with a workshop on effective networking. Jack Rhodes, Director of the Sales Program, spoke to a packed room of 75 students about the importance of expanding and building networks.
The hour-long program was full of tips like preparing an “elevator pitch”, how to remember names (repetition!), how to extricate yourself from a conversation, and some basic networking etiquette. Jack also stressed the need to follow up after meeting someone for the first time, as relationships are about give and take. Hand written notes, gifts or even articles sent to your contacts can be thoughtful ways to stay in touch. “Remember the past is really your foundation for the future,” he said.
Freshman through seniors signed in for the event, and the high attendance was no surprise as networking is one of the most popular workshop topics each year. Many students heard about the program through friends or in class, and others were there to prepare for the annual Foster Career Networking Night , which will be held on January 27th, where undergraduates are invited to network with Foster alumni who have graduated in the past ten years.