Cheyenne Lynch & Ashley Jagpal
News and A&E Reporters
They shook hands. They exchanged business cards.
But more importantly, media students met with prospective employers.
The University of Guelph-Humber hosted Media Networking Event on Oct. 20 to help students get connected with successful people in their desired career path.
The media event drew a variety of Canadian broadcasters such as CBC, Bell Media and Shaw, as well as public relations companies.
“What a great opportunity to be right at your doorstep and meet these people that are working in the industry, talk to them, tap into them, ask them questions because they can really have a wealth of knowledge and help you really kick start your career,” said Jennifer Buchalter, Account Director at Strategic Objectives Public Relations.
“Networking events are a great way for students to develop contacts in their field of work because they will at some point need them whether it is for internships or when they are looking for work after graduation,” Bell Media’s Kristina Mamina said.
“I think what you know is very important but who you know is also very important,” said Mark Mietkiewicz, senior manager for CBC News.
The media organizations set up their stands in a circular formation where the students went in the middle and were able to go to each booth.
One of the companies was Corus Entertainment, an organization that emphasized the Canadian television network Teletoon, but also own radio and television stations, and Nelvana animation.
The spokesperson, Danielle Sefton is a Guelph-Humber graduate with a degree in Public Relations.
“I was excited to come and give back to the students,” said Sefton. “I wanted to see the next generation. We hire interns from Guelph-Humber, so it’s great to talk to them and give them info they hopefully find helpful.”
“We’re welcome to reach out, make ourselves available and educate the students about our company culture, what we have to offer. Also, what it is that we can do for the students to help improve their chances at getting a job with us,” she said.
Many students feel intimidated when interacting with the professionals, but Mietkiewicz said networking events make it easier to feel comfortable to ask questions and get contact information.
“Even for people who might be a bit more quiet or shy, this might be a good experience for them to come out and to get out their comfort zone to talk to people because it’s something you are going to really have to develop as you go into the business world,” he said.