The Accounting and Business Network, Office of Career Services, and Management faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg are aiming to give students and alumni “Real-World Insights” at the 2014 Business Conference to be held at the campus in January 2014.
Real-World Insights: Pitt-Greensburg 2014 Business Conference will be held January 14, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Smith Hall (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601). Daniel J. Wukich, of Quest Healthcare Development, Inc. is the keynote speaker for the event.
The conference is the dream of Anthony Lembo, a senior accounting major from Connellsville, PA. When he was elected president of the campus’ Accounting and Business Network group 18 months ago, his goal was to plan and execute the conference. “I want to show off our Accounting and Business Management programs to the employers in the region, and I want employers to know about Pitt-Greensburg and the quality education that our students receive.”
Lembo’s motives don’t stop there. “I hope students realize that getting a job is competitive, and they have to work hard to be competitive. At this conference, students will meet successful entrepreneurs and hear what it takes to achieve one’s dreams.” He also sees the conference as a way to make students aware that the time to begin looking for that post-graduation job is as early as the fall of their senior year. “Many students don’t think about life after college until they graduate. We want them to realize that if they want to be working in June, they need to be making application to employers throughout their senior year.”
Other elements of the program are a networking luncheon and three workshops with a primary focus on professionals sharing what works in today’s business and entrepreneurial worlds as well as networking with potential employers. Representatives from the food industry, jewelry field, manufacturing sector, and medical field will be present. The workshops will emphasize trends, structure, attitudes, and career opportunities along with success stories, and resources. One particular workshop, Putting Your Best Foot Forward, will focus on the whole interview process from appearance and etiquette to social media.
Beth Tiedemann, Pitt-Greensburg’s director of career services, notes that two of the greatest challenges college students face today are 1) determining a career path that fits one’s individual talents, personal values, and professional goals and 2) taking the right steps to successfully pursue their chosen path. “Anthony (Lembo) has conceived an event that addresses both,” says Tiedemann. “The Real-World Insights Conference will provide students with information, advice, and connections that are grounded in successful professionals’ first-hand experiences. The conference will complement and support the career preparation our students are already undertaking, as well as their traditional classroom instruction. The conference is open to Pitt-Greensburg students and alumni, and reflects the mission of Career Services to incorporate career development into a student’s experience.”
Speaking on behalf of Pitt-Greensburg’s Management faculty, Pamela Ondeck, assistant professor of Management, adds, “The Real-World Insights Business Conference is a part of Pitt Greensburg’s efforts to prepare students for the transition from the classroom to a work environment. The conference will bring together students and successful business professionals, allowing them to discuss their businesses and what makes them work. This is just one of the ways that Pitt-Greensburg’s Management and Accounting programs enhance the classroom experience. We provide multiple experiences for students to interact with business professionals as a means to better apply what has been learned in the classroom. We believe that the insights gained through this conference will provide Pitt-Greensburg students with a distinct advantage that will translate into a further advantage for their employers.”
Pitt-Greensburg students and alumni are asked to register on-line at www.greensburg.pitt.edu/insights no later than January 9, 2014. There is a $5 fee payable at the door the day of the event.