August 14, 2020

Business Majors Preparing for Real World

posted on: Thursday March 18, 2010

Kaitlyn Monast ’13 / News Staff

The recession has many students, especially business majors, worried about their futures after college. Future Friar Executives [FFE]faced the tough market head-on at their fourth annual “Pathways to Success” business conference a few weeks ago.FFE, a club only seven years old, provides programs to help strengthen students’ business skills outside the classroom. FFE, the School of Business, the Office of Career Services, and the Office of Alumni Relations collaborated to put together the annual conference to further expand students’ real-world experiences. “Pathways to Success” included first-account stories and advice from alumni, including a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and breakout sessions.”The speakers are there to speak on things of interest and give advice on those trying to break into the business world,” said Larissa Kunes ’11, conference co-chair.First to the podium was keynote speaker Leigh Anne Cappello ’87, ’92G. One year after graduation Cappello joined Hasbro Inc., a leading company in children and family products and services. Cappello is vice president of Future Now, a global team dedicated to future initiatives and designs.Capello began by giving Play-Doh to everyone in the audience. Capello explained that Play-Doh is her metaphor for the traits important for success in the business world: creativity, imagination, and adaptability.She spoke about the impact of education on the business world today, and the importance of merging knowledge and the desire to learn with empathy and innovation. Following the keynote speech, students partook in two hour-long breakout sessions.”For the breakouts, we try to get a variety of different alumni,” said Kunes. “This year we had entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. We try to get smaller firms, that way students understand you can work in the big corporation, but you can also work in small firms.”Alumni from Amgen Inc., Citizens Finanical Group, Exchange Place Advisors, Wells Fargo Funds, and Waterfire gave students some specific things they said were important included learning the differences between the institute and the individual, continued personal and professional development, and setting yourself apart early in your career.After the breakout session, there was a panel discussion called “3 Under 30,” featuring recent graduates.”The ‘3 Under 30′ speakers are recent graduates,” said Kevin Higgins ’10. “We do that because the keynote speaker is predominately older and more experienced. The ‘3 Under 30′ are new and can give insight as to what to do or expect when you first get out into the business world.”The three speakers this year were Katie Breen ’08, registered client service associate, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Kerri Coletta ’07, store administrator, Nordstrom;

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