Student Career Success: The Role Alumni Can Play
Contributor: Cassandra Young
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
The New Year is a great time to reflect and contemplate the successes in your life. It's also a great time to determine how you can give back and help others, specifically College of Business students. If living a charitable life is one of your objectives for 2014, we have a number of ways you can achieve your goals.
If you're interested in helping out NIU students one-on-one, the Huskie2Huskie program is the opportunity for you. Mentoring can be a rewarding experience and it's your chance to share valuable insight with one or a few students. It's also your chance to develop students' interpersonal, communication and professional skills, while you discover future employees or referrals, and build your own network.
You can also provide internship or co-op experiences. Working outside of campus gives students the "competitive edge" by providing real-world experiences. Participating employers build a pool of tested and proven job candidates for new openings. Internships and co-ops are a win-win situation in which both students and employers benefit.
PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID AND/OR SCHOLARSHIPS
Donations to our college are key to our success. They help provide day-to-day essentials in the classroom, scholarship awards for hard-working students, support for specific programs and assist in retaining great faculty. Donations as low as $10 go a long way.
SUPPORT AN ELC PROJECT
The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) connects organizations with teams of NIU students to tackle real-world business issues. From software evaluation to emerging market analysis projects, alumni can support students who serve as consultants addressing non-mission critical, cross functional business issues.
Throughout the 16-week semester, ELC teams are guided by a faculty coach and assisted by an organizational sponsor. To each unique project, teams apply the ELC project methodology, as well as the knowledge, skills and theories learned in the classroom.
RECRUIT OUR STUDENTS
Recruitment of high-quality students is an added benefit of sponsoring a Business ELC project. Students must apply and interview for a spot on a team, which means only the best and brightest are chosen and exposed to the sponsoring organization. But the ELC isn't the only place to recruit. Send us an email and we can match your organization with some of our top students.
The College of Business has approximately 54,200 alumni, which is about one quarter of the entire NIU alumni population (220,000). Eighty percent of the College of Business alumni live in the Chicagoland area. Networking with students provides opportunities for like-minded people to create business or social opportunities. Know a NIU student in your field? Consider reaching out to them to discuss career planning and goals. Or, network via one of the college's established social networking groups on Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter.
Your contribution is important to us and the business students at NIU.
There are a number of ways you can help. Pick one that fits you.