Spiders reach out

May 14, 2021

Professional Development

By Nicole Hansen

The pandemic didn’t stop Robins School of Business students from learning professional skills at the 13th annual Q-camp, a professional conference designed to teach new business students how to network. Dozens of alumni are part of it each year, meeting with the students and answering their questions about the real world. This year, David Ong, R’87, led a virtual session for students titled “The Inner View to the Interview.”

“It gives me the opportunity to give something back to the school which helped me to find my professional calling,” Ong said. “Students greatly benefit from the invaluable connections that they can create with alumni.”

The 2021 program pivoted seamlessly to the virtual format, ensuring students had opportunities to learn more about professional development opportunities through the Robins School.

“We want students to learn and practice effective virtual skills,” said Shelley Burns, director of career programs, who relied on the vibrant Spider alumni network to participate.

This year, Spiders from 1975 to 2020 tuned in. Jess Bailey, ’11, campus recruiting manager at PwC, was among those who jumped in to help. She recruited volunteers from PwC to meet with students and discuss professional development and other soft skills.

“Connecting virtually is the new normal, and it’s great that students got the opportunity to experience that in a low-risk environment,” Bailey said.

Students like Daria Torrenti, ’23, also participated in mock interviews and speed networking.

“I am extremely grateful for these opportunities and am excited to put these skills into action in the future,” Torrenti said.