Career networking event March 3 provides opportunity to make connections

An opportunity to make connections with professionals and build relationships for the future is possible with CAFNR’s Ag and Life Sciences Networking Day. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at McQuinn Atrium in the Bond Life Sciences Building.

There are 30 employers registered to attend the networking day. Although, this networking day will provide students with an opportunity to meet employers, it is not quite the same as a career fair.

“It is actually similar, but we expect the ‘networking day’ to be more casual and a better opportunity for students and employers to actually talk,” said Stephanie Chipman, CAFNR director of career services. “It will look different than a fair without the formal, draped booths and without the business professional suits because we have focused it specifically; our employer group is smaller.”

Another difference between the upcoming networking day and a career fair is there will be no interviews on campus the following day. Instead, they will be offered on the same day from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

“Like a fair, students should expect to connect with employer representatives, learning about career opportunities, paths and developing ideas about how to best use their time at Mizzou to prepare,” said Chipman.

The event plans to be beneficial to students in every stage of their career planning.

“Whether a student has a pretty good idea of their future career goals, or they are 100 percent uncertain of what they hope to pursue, this event will help them learn more and come away with helpful information and contacts,” said Whitney Kinne, CAFNR assistant director of career services.

Many professional relationships are built upon mutual colleagues or personal relationships. For this reason, networking and advertising yourself can be beneficial in the business world.

“Many of our company partners send the same group of professionals to Mizzou for every career event,” said Chipman. “This is an opportunity to build relationships.”

Also, by learning about opportunities and the skills employers seek, students can develop more informed plans in terms of classes and activities that enhance their marketability.

“I encourage all students to make time to attend this networking event,” Kinne said. “The employers are looking forward to connecting with students at Mizzou this week.”

A few hours of students’ time can help them for the future.

“A robust professional network is a key component to career success, and this is a prime example of an opportunity here on campus for students to grow their network,” Kinne said. “I’m excited to see the conversations on Thursday and know the students who attend will find it to be a valuable use of their time!”

The event is business casual, and students should be sure to bring any questions they have for employers as well as copies of their updated resume. For help on resumes visit the career services website at https://cafnr.missouri.edu/career-services/.

You can find a list of the available employers at www.HireCAFNR.missouri.edu. Also, for questions or more information contact Stephanie Chipman (chipmans@missouri.edu) or Whitney Kinne (kinnew@missouri.edu). Their offices are located in the career services office in 2-64 of the Agriculture Building.

Cassie Lenzenhuber

About the Author Cassie Lenzenhuber

My name is Cassie Lenzenhuber. I was raised in the small town of Jonesburg, Missouri, about 50 miles east of Columbia. The town may be small, but growing up there has taught me many big lessons. It instilled in me a love for agriculture and a love for people. Graduation is not far off; I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! In May, I will be graduating with a degree in Agriculture with emphases in agricultural journalism, agricultural economics, and animal science. I am excited to see what the next chapter of life has in store for me!