Symposium is organized into three main components: Preparation Workshops (optional), Blue Zone Networking Night (optional), and the Main Event. Students who registered by the deadline must drop off $20 to McColl 3122 to gain access to these events and this year’s student gifts (padfolios for juniors, travel mugs for seniors).
Symposium 2013 will be unlike any year before. Even now we are working to establish relationships with the companies which we will bring to Chapel Hill next Fall. Join our LinkedIn group and connect with recruiters and professionals as if you had “officially connected” with them.
Registered Students have the opportunity to connect with recruiting companies on LinkedIn. Please visit http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4881735&trk=hb_side_g to join.
This is just one of the ways we are working to make Symposium 2013 unlike any year before. Are you ready to reDiscover Symposium?
When sophomore Michael Bojanski registered for Symposium 2012, he thought that attending Symposium couldn’t hurt because it was a chance to practice networking and learn a thing or two. Yes, it was Friday and yes he could have played Ultimate on Hooker Fields instead, but he knew one day wouldn’t kill him so he registered at the 11th hour (you be sure to early-bird register for a discount, however).
At Symposium, Michael met several representatives from Target with whom he hit it off with. Like most people, the executives took an interest in someone who took an interest in them (it was their Friday, too after all). A week later Michael followed up, three weeks later he met with a store manager for an informational interview about Target, and just a month and a half after Symposium, the manager asked Michael to apply for an internship.
This summer, Michael will work as a full-time paid intern in the Southpoint SuperTarget’s Executive Management program. While Michael did the work, he believes the casual atmosphere and abundance of potential professional connections at Symposium played a big part in his ultimate success.
Michael’s interest in Operations also stems from his Symposium experience: “it blew me away how much it (Operations) fit with me. I hadn’t heard about Ops before and it was very helpful to learn the basic details.” The industry-specific sessions directed him away from Consulting and Michael’s passion for Operations only grows as he now seeks to found an Operations Club at Kenan-Flagler (for those interested: Michael_Bojanski@kenan-flagler.unc.edu).
We applaud Michael for making the most out of Symposium, but if there’s one thing students should learn from his story it’s this: expect the unexpected. Your future could be waiting just around the corner….
Check out our reDiscover Symposium page to learn what’s new this year!