In a packed classroom, students, faculty and staff from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business gathered for the second “Food for Thought” lunch and learn event, an initiative designed to provide insightful discussions on various aspects of student success and career preparation.
This time, the spotlight was on professional development, and a panel of faculty members shared valuable advice.
The panel was comprised of Jes Boone, assistant professor of accounting; Dr. LeJon Poole, associate professor of health care management; Kevin Nagy, assistant director of Professional Golf Management; and Dr. David Baglia, professor of accounting.
“Events like these are a great way for students to interact with faculty outside of the traditional classroom setting,” said Nagy, who coordinates PGA Golf internships. “Each of us comes from very different career paths, so it is interesting to see the similarities and differences in our approach to career development. These events ultimately improve students’ ability to not just get a job but get good jobs that align with their passions and will help them develop as leaders.”
The discussion revolved around key topics such as maximizing the benefits of internships, creating lasting first impressions, and navigating job opportunities to align career and calling. A central message emphasized was the important of pursuing a major and career that matches one’s passions and looking for ways to find a unique niche to set yourself apart.
Baglia reflected, “Faculty love to share their experience and insight with students, and are eager to help them in any way possible. Students learn that there is more to landing a job and having a successful career than just excellent grades and technical knowledge.”
This event was a part of Career Prep week, hosted by the Office of Career Development.
“Students should embrace opportunities like this to get real-world perspectives from faculty and staff. We’ve been where they are and drawing from our experiences and advice are valuable resources,” said Jill Williamson, director of Career Services & Professional Development.