When students graduate with a degree from Hardin-Simmons University, it includes more than excelling in academics, or even excelling in their field of study.
Getting a job after graduation is number one on most students’ list of things to do, and as students at HSU, they get plenty of help beyond the academic realm in finding that first career opportunity.
The Office of Career Services hosts a number of career fairs throughout the year, but this upcoming workshop is a little different.
The fall workshop is an etiquette dinner, and it is for graduating seniors only. The etiquette dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the HSU Johnson Building.
The event is one of two teaching workshops throughout the year where students participate and receive instruction and tips on how to conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Director of Career Services, Kelley Wood says, “The etiquette dinner provides students real-life, real-time opportunity to learn appropriate etiquette for dining in a business setting.” Etiquette instruction is provided by Kathy Diamond, food services director at HSU. “The dinner is a way to help students polish skills they may need for that career edge,” says Wood.
However, students are not just being mannerly with other students. Wood says, “Several local professionals representing a variety of industries are also invited to attend the event to further enhance the professional environment of the dinner.”
Wood says students will have opportunities throughout the meal to practice the lessons being taught while visiting with the other students and professionals at their table.
Students must RSVP they will be attending and must wear business professional attire. Faculty members encourage their senior level students to participate in the event which is free to the students.
Just under 50 students have signed up to attend the event so far. A similar event later in the academic year, very popular with students, is the professional-dress fashion show where students model appropriate business attire to an audience of other students.