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Students 'Speed Network' with Chamber of Commerce Members

Activity Enhances Students' Ability to Make a Good First Impression

February 28, 2014

WC senior Corbin Hellwarth meets Kevin Carver, executive director of Clinton County Port Authority, during one five-minute segment of speed networking.

WC senior Corbin Hellwarth meets Kevin Carver, executive director of Clinton County Port Authority, during one five-minute segment of speed networking.

Two-dozen Wilmington College students went face-to-face with members of the Wilmington/Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening (Feb. 27) at Damon’s Grille in an exercise known as speed networking.

Angela Mitchell, associate professor of business administration, explained the exercise that is designed to enhance students’ ability to make a good first impression and think on their feet at future job interviews.

“The idea is similar to speed dating in which each student spends five minutes with each business leader,” she said. “The activity helps our students with simple business etiquette such as introductions, handshakes and eye contact.”

In actuality, the students engaged in real-life mini-interviews.

“We also wanted to give the students an opportunity to network with business leaders that might be able to help them with their career search,” she added.

WC’s Advancement and Career Services areas teamed with the Chamber of Commerce for the second annual speed networking event, which was held in conjunction with the Chamber’s monthly after-hours gathering.