Tech Industry Night Introduces Students to Innovative Opportunities
Last Monday, 40 students turned out to Dumke Commons to learn about the tech industry
At Tech Industry Night, cosponsored by the CDC and OxyPreneurship, 7 employers from top tech companies came to meet and recruit future employees from Oxy’s intelligent and ambitious student body.
Before the event, participating students attended a training to find out what to expect and learn how use the experience to their advantage. At Tech Night training, students learned to research the companies that would be present, how to write a targeted resume, how to dress casually while acting professionally, and even how to give a good handshake. After the training, the students said they felt prepared to wow the employers.
To kick off the evening on Monday, representatives from Dropbox, Laserfiche, Google, thrdPlace, Melon, Yammer/Microsoft, and CPO Commerce spoke on a panel about their respective companies. Then, students were given over an hour to network with the employers and show off their knowledge and enthusiasm.
Students said they identified several employment opportunities through networking, felt more knowledgeable about what the tech industry has to offer, and learned which marketable skills they have. The visiting employers were also impressed by the evening. Doug Regner ’02 of Google said the students were “highly engaged and outgoing” and that Tech Night was the best career night he had been a part of.
Courtney Stricklin ’03, Assistant Director of Employer Relations in the CDC, says:
“Thanks so all the companies and students who joined us at our first ever Tech Night! I'm so excited to see Oxy creating connections with this exciting industry - the event was a huge success and we can't wait to see it grow in the future. Big thanks to OxyP for their co-hosting of this program, we couldn't have done it without their help with everything from setup to promotion of the event itself.”
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