Proper Attire for the Event: Business Casual – if you need an idea of what this might look like, check out our Pinterest pages for inspiration.
What to Bring: Something to take notes with (while an electronic device is acceptable, I would encourage you to stick with pen and paper so that alumni won't wonder if you are taking notes, checking Snapchat, or playing Candy Crush); Copies of your resume (if you have one, as you never know who might want to take one); Business Cards (if you have them, as you may want to pass them out at the networking event)
How to Prepare: Think about questions that you want answered…because these are the people to ask! Do some research on the fields that interest you and check out what trends are happening in the industry; you want to be able to ask informed questions, if possible (but, it is also okay to ask questions about things that you know nothing about as this is an opportunity to learn). Look at the schedule and start to map out which sessions that you want to attend. It will be good to have a game plan in place so that those questions you are thinking about can be targeted based on the topics that you are going to learn more about.
Twitter/Instagram: To find out more and follow along via Twitter and Instagram, see the MCS handle (@IlliniosMCS) and use these hashtags: #ConnectWindyCity and #ILLINOISmedia
At the event, we will have a program that will include contact information for panelists (i.e., email addresses and Twitter handles), as well as “one thing students should ask me about”. This is to help you start conversations with panelists and to connect with them post-event.
This is a great opportunity for you, so be prepared to ask lots of questions and interact with as many people as you can while having quality conversations with them.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org