A successful year for the undergraduate Coffee Connection program is in the books. The program, which was piloted in 2016, pairs a student with a Weatherhead alum for an informal conversation in person or remotely. Students often get a chance to talk about their academic interests, receive résumé feedback, and get practical career advice from someone who has been in their shoes. While alumni have the opportunity to mentor current students while staying engaged with Weatherhead.
This year the program made 44 connections between alumni and students. While many participating alumni live in Cleveland, students also connected with alumni in New York, Florida, Colorado, Washington D.C., California, Texas, and Illinois.
Zane Braslawsce, a sophomore Marketing and Finance double major from Beaver, PA, participated in the program this year. He was matched with Jeff Rozic, BS-Management ‘01 and Founder of Simple Video in Boulder Colorado. Here is what Zane had to say about his experience.
Q: Why did you decide to participate in Coffee Connections?
A: I am beginning my journey into the real world, and I wanted to get started with networking. I haven't had any experience, so I wasn't sure where to start looking or how to begin the process. Coffee Connections offered an amazing opportunity into the world of a business professional that I otherwise would not have had.
Q: What topics did you discuss with your match?
A: A wide range. We talked a lot about my résumé and how I can shape that into something great. We talked about courses as well and what kind of internships and jobs I should be looking for to gain good experience and look good to employers.
Q: What is a piece of advice you received from your match that you found the most beneficial and that you would share with other students?
A: I was advised to create a story. My life and my experiences have made me who I am. Now all I need to do is organize these experiences and be able to present them in a way that tells a story that is compelling, passionate, eye-catching, and engaging.
Q: Would you recommend this program to other students? Why or why not?
A: Yes, absolutely. I got a lot of great insight on the “do's and don'ts” of job searching. I have made a connection with an alum and started the networking process. I received priceless feedback on how to become a better businessman and how I can emphasize my good qualities and the positives of my not-so-good qualities as well. I feel as though I have my own personal Weatherhead mentor now, who is there to coach me along the way!
For students interested in participating in fall 2017, look for an email from Megan Miller (email@example.com) at the beginning of the semester with registration information. Don’t miss this great opportunity to enhance your skills and build your network within the Weatherhead community!
For any alumni interested in being matched, please reach out to Megan Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).