Schmooze-a-Palooza Opens Doors for Student’s Future

The Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior’s Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, Career Ser­vices, and the Dept. of Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics (DBE) spon­sored their fourth annual Schmooze-A-Palooza late Wednesda Octo­ber 2nd.

Schmooze-A-Palooza, also known as the DBE Net­work­ing Night, hosted four­teen local busi­nesses to present their oppor­tu­ni­ties of intern­ships and jobs for stu­dents plan­ning on gain­ing lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence or skills and knowl­edge in their major. Kathy Pykko­nen, the Direc­tor of the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior’s Career Ser­vices, stated, “Net­work­ing is the num­ber one way to find a job and by host­ing this event, the stu­dents are able to con­nect with employ­ers in an inti­mate man­ner.” The employ­ers and alumni who attended the six minute speed net­work­ing event got to know the stu­dents and answered ques­tions that the stu­dents inquired. UW-Superior stu­dents were able to famil­iar­ize them­selves with the employ­ers and alumni as well by ask­ing the employ­ers and alumni, them­selves, ques­tions about their posi­tions within their busi­ness and how they got there.

Schmooze-A-Palooza is pri­mar­ily for junior and senior stu­dents attend­ing UWS who are look­ing to branch out. In order for the stu­dents to attend the DBE Net­work­ing Night they had to RSVP through Jacket Jobs prior to the day of the event. A few of the pro­fes­sors from the Dept. of Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics helped by hav­ing a sign-up sheet within their class­rooms to reg­is­ter for Schmooze-A-Palooza while oth­ers made the event a require­ment for their class as well as an oppor­tu­nity for extra credit.

UWS stu­dents wore busi­ness professional/casual cloth­ing dur­ing the event to look pre­sentable for the employ­ers. Once the speed net­work­ing begun stu­dents were split into dif­fer­ent groups and then spread out amongst the var­i­ous tables that were set up by a num­ber of employ­ers. The speed net­work­ing night included Kathy Pykko­nen ring­ing a bell every six min­utes; once the bell rang each group would switch tables and go around the room clock­wise so that every­one would be able to meet with each employer in a timely man­ner. Another bell rang to begin each ses­sion the employ­ers informed a mul­ti­tude of stu­dents about what they had to offer within their busi­ness and what the stu­dents could do in order to begin the process of obtain­ing an intern­ship or job. Dil­lon Beesley, a junior at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior who had attended Schmooze-A-Palooza for the first time said that the event was “infor­ma­tive” and that “it helps peo­ple get used to putting them­selves out there and ask­ing ques­tions that they need to ask to busi­ness employers.”

Schmooze-A-Palooza will be re-occurring next year so if you are a sopho­more with a major in the Busi­ness Dept. Pos­si­bly con­sider attend­ing the event in com­ing years.

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