School of Business Networking Opportunities

The School of Business provides a number of networking opportunities to its students, to further prepare them for their careers.  Each year, coinciding with EIU's Career Network Day, two events are held at the School of Business to allow students from specific majors the opportunity to meet professionals who are EIU alumni and/or recruiters who are interested in employing School of Business students.

Accounting Day

At the 2011 Accounting Day event, seventeen companies/firms were represented by 25 different professionals.  The event includes a professional luncheon that provided 65 students with the opportunity to talk in-depth with the professionals.  In the afternoon, eleven panel discussions were held by the professionals in order to give more than 100 students information on some of the topics listed below.  The event concluded with a reception that provided the opportunity for the students to interact casually with the professionals.

  • Interviewing & First Impressions
  • Internships: Why?
  • Public Accounting Careers
  • Beyond Debits & Credits

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 Panelists speak to Accounting students


Management Information Systems Career Connection Day 

At the 2011 MIS Career Connection Day, sponsored by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), representatives and recruiters from Caterpillar, State Farm, Archer Daniels Midland, and Applied Systems were present and participated in a panel presentation that offered students information about job searches, as well as resume and interview advice.  Additionally, students openly visited with representatives to learn more about their companies and the possible full-time positions or internship opportunities that exist.

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Students learn from the professionals in their field

HR Day

The first annual HR Day event was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, in Lumpkin Hall.  The event was aimed at human resource professionals, EIU alumni, current HR Concentration students, and SHRM members, and it provided professionals and alumni the opportunity to share HR-related experiences with current students and each other, and to re-connect with graduates and faculty.

The schedule of events included a registration/coffee mixer to begin the morning's activities.  This was followed by two panel presentations: “Employment Law in Illinois: Trends and Major Impacts in Managing People” that was presented by Gregory C. Ray, Partner, Craig and Craig, Mattoon, IL and “Standing Out in a Crowded Market: Moving from Resume to Job Offer” (Professional Panel).

A professional luncheon was held in the University Union, and students, professionals, and alumni were the audience for “Staying Connected: Networking in your Career” presented by Diane Rieck, Owner, Express Employment Professionals, Mattoon, IL.

After lunch, two more panel presentations were held, back in Lumpkin Hall: “Compensation Discussions: Salary, Counter-offers, and the Art of Negotiations” (Professional Panel) and “From Classroom to My Office: Surprises and Reality Checks” (Alumni Panel).


Financial Planning Day

The 2011 Financial Planning Day was held on Friday, October 14, 2011, in Lumpkin Hall.  At this annual event, finance students are given the opportunity to attend panel discussions and a luncheon with School of Business alumni and professionals from the field of financial planning.  The 2011 event included presentations by Don Duncan from D3 Financial Counselors in Chicago and Downers Grove, IL; Jim Dobbs from Jim Dobbs, Inc. in Golden, CO; and Ed Gjersten from Mack Investment Securities in Glenview, IL.  Additionally, students attended a roundtable discussion focused on current issues in financial planning and panel presentations on: "What They Don't Teach You in School: Tales from the Young Guns" and "What They Should Teach You in School: What Financial Advisors Want to See in the Next Generation of Financial Advisors."


Students register for Financial Planning Day