By Jake Culian
One of my favorite parts about the MIM program and the School of Business Administration at PSU in general are the networking events that they put on. Last night several members of our cohort attended the quarterly event known as Connect to Community. The event is held in the Pearl District at Bridgeport Brewery, http://www.bridgeportbrew.com/ . This is one of many fine breweries in Portland which has helped develop its nickname of Beervana.
This was the first time that I’ve been able to make it to the Connect to Community event and I’m definitely planning on going back. I felt it was a great event, not only because of the free food, but also because of the diversity of people who attended. Not only where there current and previous MIM students, but also representatives from the other Masters programs out of the SBA. In addition there were local business people, some members of the school administration as well as a few undergraduate alumni.
I really enjoyed this event because it got me into contact with a whole variety of new Alumni outside of my current program. It’s always interesting to see which direction people have taken relatively similar degrees. I particularly appreciate knowing all the different avenues you can possibly pursue with a degree in business. I know that one of my bigger problems when looking for jobs is not even knowing what sort of options are available to consider and events like this one are great demonstrations of the length and breadth of the opportunities available.
This event is but one of many opportunities available to students and I would highly recommend going to as many of them as possible. They’re almost all free and frequently put students in the same room as executives from companies like Nike, Boeing, Intel, or Blount. If you’re interested in getting a job in the Portland area there’s no better way to get your name out there. So I suggest you go check out the campus event page http://www.pdx.edu/psy/events/ and find something you’re interested in.