Speed ‘dating’ for your future

St. Thomas is holding its annual speed networking and mentorship event on Wednesday. Played off the idea of speed dating, students will be given the opportunity to meet STU alumni and get an idea of what they can do after graduation.

Employment and student life coordinator Carrie Monteith-Levesque said this is a great opportunity for students.

“It’s an opportunity for students to visit with alumni who have been successful in transitioning from school to work. So, they can explore different career options and what they can do with their BA.”

The event is set up like a circuit. Students have a chance to speak with twelve different alumni from various fields for five minutes each.

“It’s like speed dating. So, once you do the circuit there’s a reception so if you met someone you felt you connected with or had questions for, you can chat during the reception,” said Monteith-Levesque.

She said they try to have 12 different alumni each time so students who want to return and do it again will be able to meet new alumni.

“We’ve had people who work in law, education, social work, an actress, medical doctors, sales people and entrepreneurs.”

Third year student Tiffany Brown participated in the networking event last year.

“It was a really great experience. You get to meet people in jobs that you didn’t even know existed and that you didn’t know you can do with a liberal arts degree,” she said. “And it really opens your eyes to the vast opportunities that are out there for someone with a general liberal arts degree.”

Brown said she remembers one alumnus in particular who impressed her.

“There was one doctor that was there last year and she didn’t do a bachelors of science because she came to STU but she was still able to go on and do med school which was really an interesting story to hear.”

Students can sign up by emailing studentemployment@stu.ca. The event will be held in the Holy Cross Conference Room on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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