When hosting events, planners like to have takeaways; cups, lanyards, brochures, thumb drives, etc. It seems everyone is always trying to come up with ideas for a fun and creative new takeaway – how will people remember our event? What is something tangible to pass on to others so there is interest and buzz?
The iMedia class of 2013 recently hosted its fourth annual, Day of Professional Development, Digital Identities here at Elon University. Professionals from Capstrat, Response Mine Interactive, Tanger Outlets, and McKinney spent the day with our students advising, networking, discussing job opportunities, and the future of careers in a digital world. The day began with a panel discussion, followed by a networking lunch. For the first time, we took advantage of the newly renovated Student Professional Development Center and we hosted a lovely lunch outside on the piazza. After lunch, students met individually with the professional of their choice to either participate in a mock interview or receive feedback on portfolios and résumés.
It was a great day of energy, ideas, friendship, good food, and looking ahead to the bright future all our, soon to graduate, iMedia students have ahead of them.
The takeaway from this event was some good advice.
Don’t over promise and under deliver – relax – make each interview count – be prepared – and ask good questions. The takeaway here was intangible, unpredictable, and at the same time full of potential in a field that is growing and continuing to hire Elon iMedia graduates.