What kinds of jobs do our recent alumni hold? How did they land these jobs and what distinguished them from other candidates? What activities prepared them for their positions? These questions and more were answered by the Business and Accounting Young Alumni Panel, held Thursday, September 21st on campus in the PUB. Student moderator, Ms. Grace Vanderbeck, asked the four alumni targeted questions about their experiences while in college and since then, their career path, and expectations regarding teamwork, workplace communication, and professional demeanor. Each of the four panelists are listed below along with some comments that they provided.
Misty (Peters) Mark ’06, Chief Financial Officer, of the Muncy Bank and Trust Company, reminded students about the importance of developing excellent analytical and communication skills. She suggested that students, “seek out opportunities to get involved, learn something, meet new people, and challenge yourself every single day.”
Kyle Losch ’15, Commercial Relationship Manager at Fulton Bank encouraged students to work in college or get involved as a volunteer. He remarked about the importance of teamwork and pushing your team members to step up their game instead of trying to compensate for their weaknesses. The results will be better if the team around you develops and contributes. He emphasized the importance of building relationships and being able to adapt. “You should always have your elevator pitch in your back pocket,” he explained to the audience.
Jonathan Olsen ’08, Talent Acquisition Leader, API Technologies Corp. stressed the importance of increasing your capacity to get things done – being an employee with high production and low maintenance for your boss will help you advance. He also pointed out that, “work requires you to be strategic and tactical.
You might have excellent ideas, but can you execute? Can you get large chunks of work done? Can you drive your business segment forward? This is an expectation of business and your boss.”
Jessica (Douglas) Sidar ’08, talked about the expectation for this generation of graduates to be savvy with social media and technological skills. She told students to, “Take time to plan your day the night before, set goals and organize the tasks to be done. Constantly strive to enhance your skills and take daily steps toward achieving your goals. Prove yourselves and work hard!”
LHU students received many relevant bits of advice and appreciated the opportunity to interact with the panelists at the end of the session. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with and listen to each one of the alumni. Every panelist provided a valuable and unique insight into what the real world of business is like and got me thinking about the things that I need to be doing now so that I am better prepared for my future. It was encouraging to see their success and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their personal journeys that led them to where they are today,” explained Grace Vanderbeck, a junior in the business administration program.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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