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Dec. 15, 2004


by Ilene Ladd

'Tis the season to start planning … once the eggnog is drunk and the presents have been opened, it's time for students to start thinking about summer internships or, for seniors, landing their first job. In January, Bucknell students have the opportunity to network with Bucknell alums and parents all across the nation.

The Career Development Center (CDC) is offering its fifth annual series of networking events over the winter break 2004-05. These events will allow students to network with alumni and parent representatives from the greater Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas.

"These networking events provide an opportunity for students to realize that there are Bucknellians in these cities," says Laura Denbow, director of the Career Development Center. "We tend to look only to the Northeast for placements." For students from these regions who are home for the holidays, the regional events provide an easy way to network while at home. For students interested in relocating to an area, these sessions over winter break provide a great way to network in a new region.

The key to the success of these events is the Bucknell alums and parents who host the events and come out to talk with the students. As Denbow says, "We wouldn't be able to offer these programs without their support." The informal gatherings run a couple hours in length and provide for personal interactions with Bucknellians in the geographic area. The students are able to establish relationships and ask questions. The events are not discipline specific, just geographically specific.

At all six sites, Bucknell parents and alums will have the opportunity to talk about their career paths, their organizations, and any volunteer, internship, and full-time positions they presently have or plan to have available in the future.

This year, the Seattle Career Network Night will kickoff with a special career presentation specifically for alumni. Shannon Bradford, program director of Bucknell's Alumni Career Services program, will give an interactive presentation on the Secrets of Business Networking. Bradford will explain how networking can be used to find your next job, career, or contract: How can you overcome your reluctance to network? What are the common mistakes people make when networking? What's the correct etiquette? How can you identify and segment your network? How can you use networking to develop relationships that will benefit you throughout your career? Bradford's presentation will be followed by the networking part of the Career Network Night.

The networking nights will be held Jan. 5-7, 2005. These are closed events, available only to Bucknell students. For more information, go to http://www.bucknell.edu/About_Bucknell/Offices_Resources/Career_Development_Center/Events.html and click on Winter Break Bucknell Career Network Nights.

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For more information, contact the CDC manager of networking events Carole Bourgeacq-Hardt at cbourhar@bucknell.edu, or 570-577-1238.

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