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Communications and Marketing

Speed Networking works

The College’s hallmark Speed Networking event drew a record 145 students and 95 professionals who connected during the annual job-finding hotspot.

The annual Career Advancement Center event has grown so popular it moved this year to a larger venue.

“We were able to accommodate more students—last year we had 120 participate—and more professionals,” Career Advancement Center Associate Director Alina Guarise said. “We even created seating areas for professionals and students to connect during breaks.”

Students met with professionals from a wide mix of organizations, including Nielsen, the Ravinia Festival Association, Citigroup, World Wildlife Fund, United Performing Arts Fund and Google. Forty percent of the professionals were Lake Forest alumni.

This year’s event on November 6 was a first for Jessica Chang ’17 of Waukegan. “I have a few different ideas on what I would like to do with my finance major, but wanted to know more about what specific career paths I can take,” she said.

Chang met one-on-one with more than 15 finance professionals in five-minute spurts—and left feeling good about the experience.

“Networking and speaking with professionals in a formal setting, almost like an interview, is not as intimidating as I originally thought,” Chang said. “I gained a lot of confidence knowing what I can bring to an employer from my strong Lake Forest experiences.”

Learn how Speed Networking helped this student land a job after College.