SOM and Career Services Hold Alumni Panels

Posted: September 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Mitchell

In an ongoing effort to provide students with career advice and support, the School of Management (SOM) at George Mason is presenting a series of panels this fall titled “Ask the Professionals,” featuring graduate speakers in different areas of study. Although the program has been offered previously, the coordinators last semester added sponsorship with academic clubs.

“The clubs take a leadership role in advertising the event and facilitating the actual panel,” says SOM Career Coordinator Julia Makela. “This was a highly successful approach with last spring’s Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems panel, cosponsored with the International Management of Information Technology Society, and we look forward to continuing the practice.”

Many of the alumni recruited for the panels are part of the Career Network hosted by University Career Services. Other alumni speakers include recently employed graduates, members of advisory committees and boards in the SOM, and alumni reached through the Office of Alumni Affairs.

“The panels are set up in a very relaxed, conversational style,” says Makela. “Each panelist is introduced and invited to talk about his or her career path from Mason to the present, as well as current projects and interests.” Students then ask questions about academics, job searches, and employers. At the end of each program, each panelist gives a “hot tip” to the group, after which there is an informal networking session with light refreshments. The entire panel is videotaped so that it can be added to the career library.

Upcoming Ask the Professionals panels and dates are:

  • Accounting, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7 p.m., Johnson Center, Room F (cosponsored by Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Honors Society)

  • Finance, Thursday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7 p.m., Johnson Center, Room C (cosponsored by Financial Management Association)

  • Management, Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Johnson Center, Room D (cosponsored by Society for Human Resource Management and Society for the Advancement of Management)

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