Written by: Madison Randolph
For last week’s herNetwork event, we excitedly welcomed back our friends from Big Four accounting firm, Ernst & Young! Our members and other attendees of the event had long awaited the company’s return ever since our involvement with them last year. Following the Questrom Student Career Fair early that day, EY campus recruiter Hannah Hanks and a variety of Questrom alumni now working at the company gave the audience a breakdown of Networking 101.
The presentation provided networking tips on a variety of areas, spanning from proper interview attire to making a lasting impression. Hannah’s enthusiasm made networking seem like a fun and enjoyable task rather than a skill that needed to be mastered. The crowd then broke off into their individual tables, each accompanied with a current EY professional to create care packages for women in shelters while discussing the company culture on a more intimate level. Everyone then came back together for a debrief in which a few individuals spoke about what they learned from the event. A key takeaway was that interviewing and networking does not have to feel forced. The best professional conversations are the ones in which you are comfortable, being yourself and showing what you can bring to the table.