The Senior Etiquette Dinner, sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development and Alumni Association, was a formal three course meal that not only allowed seniors to enjoy free food but also network with alumni, converse with professors in a relaxed setting and practice techniques they will need after graduation in June.
Rachel B. Wood, Assistant Director of the CCPD, was the host of the dinner. Seniors were first allowed to mingle with alumni, professors and other seniors during appetizers. During dinner, breaks were taken to learn about etiquette during formal dinners and professional events as well as to talk with alumni, professors and other guests who were interwoven between students at tables. For example, during one break, Wood demonstrated the proper way to give a handshake and everyone in attendance practiced this professional technique. Other important information was presented such as what to wear to an interview.
“This dinner helped me see what exactly to wear to an interview based on the position I am applying for as well as the type of business. I have been on job interviews before and always thought there was just one type of dress no matter the position,” Erin Byrd ’17 said.
Alumni who had a wide variety of majors when they attended K were in attendance to talk to seniors about where they are now and how they got there. To spark initial conversation between seniors and alumni, the countries where alumni studied abroad were indicated on their nametag with the national flag. Seniors were able to talk to alumni about their SIPs, majors, plans for their career and graduate school and gain tips and tricks from the alumni who have navigated life after graduating from K.
“I am very glad I went to this dinner because I was a little nervous about post K life and being able to talk to alumni about what they have done since they graduated provided me with some relief. I see that while I don’t have a solid plan now, I might have a winding path ahead of me but taking chances and finding what I love will be worth it,” Jack Fowler ’17 said.
This Senior Etiquette Dinner was just one of the many opportunities for seniors to network, learn proper etiquette and learn how to become a professional adult. For additional help with networking, applying to graduate school or jobs as well as etiquette, the CCPD is always available to help facilitate your professional development.