For my second networking event I attended the event ‘Pearls to Pros,’ that was located in downtown Grand Rapids at University Room Club room that is on campus. While going into this event I did have have any expectations or really much knowledge of what this was going to entail. What I soon realized was that this event was going to have one of the biggest influences on me to get more involved with my major, I gained a lot of realistic profound advices from alumni students that were once sitting in the very seat I was sitting in.
The event started with a elder man taking on front and center of the crowd, and introduces himself, “I’m Frank Blossom.” What I didn’t know what that he was someone that I desperately wanted to get in contact with, and not only that but also to build up my connection with him. I learned that he was a prominent professor at GVSU, and I was going to be pursuing him as a future CAPSTONE class. Out of the nine alumni that spoke, they all spoke of professor Blossom and how he has significantly raised their status in the world thanks to that man.
In the major of advertising and public relations, it can feel like a big world, and your dreams become far fetched. But listening to the alumni’s talking about their experiences, and their journey’s to become young and professional business people it was inspiring to me to hear that it is all for a greater purpose. After this event I felt like my mind academically was much more optimistic about the opportunities that I could unlock for myself, because I know that when you studying your major, you can get lost in what your doing and why you’re doing it. This event was a friendly reminder that your hard work is going to pay off, and you will be successful if you put your full heart into something.
In the end I gained so much inspiration and motivation from this event, much more so then I ever thought I could have. I believe that the reason that it had such an impact on me was because they were so relevant to my time, and my position. They were relatable and most importantly realistic, I believe that what I learned there was nothing that I could learn inside of a classroom. Personally, I believe the most valuable aspect of life is to learn from others, and I was fortunate enough to be apart of exactly that.
To learn about more networking events, visit GVSU’s Advertising and Public Relations page.
VanCoevering, K. L. (Artist). (2016). Pearls to Pro’s. [Photograph]. Allendale, Michigan.
For my first part of my networking events that I completed, I chose to go to the career center. This actually became very relevant for me, because I am currently applying to jobs for The State of Michigan, and they require a very well-rounded resume. I had previously worked there, and got in with a mediocre resume, but I knew I needed to take it to the next level. So I proceeded by going to the career center in the student services building in the Allendale campus, and I requested a consultant for a walk in appointment.
She at first asked me what I was trying to focus on today while I was with her, and I told her I really felt like I wanted my resume to better represent me. I had a problem with thinking that my resume was too plan, and did not have have the ‘wow’ factor that I thought that some were supposed to have. My resume was simply black and white, with barely any graphics or anything. The first thing she offered was a packet that had plentiful amount of examples and explanations of different resumes depending on what message you were intending for. However, she said that simplicity goes so far, and that anyone that you would talk to here would say that clear and concise is the way to go if you want to keep the employer engaged at all. The consultant as well said that an easy way to pick up inspiration is to look on Google of other resumes, obviously not to copy it, but to bounce ideas from is a great direction. She also suggested that what she has seen being successful for students is the use of subcategories within sections. For instance, having ‘customer service’ inside of your work experience so that if you were to apply to an area that is predominantly with customer service that can help them determine your skills sets in that area.
Overall, I found a great deal of the information I got from the career center very applicable. I did not know much about this center, and now I was able get exposed to it, I have a very strong feeling that I will be coming here for a lot more as my as I get closer to getting out to the business world. They have a lot of relevant advice that I found relatable, because the consultants at least the one I worked with was in the same shoes I was in, and it helped me to grasp what she meant and why a lot easier. I am grateful to have found a workshop that is not dominated educationally, but more so to prepare you or the world a head of you.
VanCoevering, K. L. (Artist). (2016). Career Center Visit. [Painting]. Allendale, Michigan.