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Students learn business networking with professional-style dinner and panel

More than 80 University of Southern Maine students met with 15 employers for a professional-style mocktail networking session, dinner and panel discussion organized by students from USM’s chapter of the American Marketing Association.

The event was patterned after business-to-business events, giving students, faculty and employers the opportunity to make connections, beginning with mocktails made and served by Tourism and Hospitality students. 

“Your major is not your destination,” Jeanne Paquette, USM’s vice president of Corporate Engagement, told the audience.

During dinner, designated professional networking facilitators from area businesses talked with students and answered their questions. Employers included WEX, Bangor Savings Bank, Sweetser, Bath Iron Works, Migis Hotel Group, MaineHealth, Landry/French Construction and UNUM.

After dinner, Linda Varrell of Broadreach Public Relations moderated a panel discussion of employers that included Bangor Savings Bank, WEX, Sweetser and Staff Hunters.

Topics included how to network when you’re an introvert, social media management, and advice you’d give yourself if you were starting out in the workforce again. The discussion was followed by a question and answer period where students had the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists.