Lima Young Professionals and UNOH Seniors Meet at Networking Lunch

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019

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Networking Lunch at Racers Station

Nearly 50 soon to be graduates from the College of Business, College of Health Professions, and College of Occupational Professions got together with a group of individuals from the Lima Young Professionals (YP) organization over lunch at Racers Station to discuss how to start their careers and what to look for in a first job out of college.

The informal meeting started with a greeting from former YP President, and UNOH Alumna, Alexa Miller, the owner of Anytime Fitness.  She was joined by Dean of the Colleges of: Business, Health Professions and Occupational professions Tim Fitzpatrick.  Both gave brief introduction on what the YP entails and why UNOH is getting involved with the YP organization this year. 

“The ultimate goal is to provide connections for our graduating students to business professionals in the local community,” said Dean Fitzpatrick. “The more networking they do while in their last quarter at school, the better opportunity they will have to find that first job or start a mentorship relationship with someone who is currently working in the industry.”

After introductions it was time for lunch and networking.  Students were split into tables based on their major of study and paired with Young Professionals who work in that industry.  Diamond Williams, a Health Information Technology student, said, “I had an amazing experience at the Networking Luncheon with the Young Professionals. I was very shocked that Ryan, the YP at our table, was a former UNOH student and fell in love with the world of Healthcare even though his degree was in business administration. Having the opportunity to meet these successful young professionals gave me so much motivation to keep doing what I love and striving for the best. The best outcome was both of the YPs letting us know how to contact them if we would like to do any job shadowing. Of course I will be utilizing that opportunity and I'm very grateful to be able to do so.” 

Jessica Hellman Rotta, a Marketing major, felt the same was and was grateful for the informal setting at Racers Station, “As a senior, we feel certain vulnerability and fear having to graduate and face the real world. With the Young Professionals that I talked to at the Luncheon, I received a lot of tips on how to search for jobs, how to observe benefits from the company, the experience of starting a new job or transitioning to another, among others. Because it was a lunch event, it had a certain informal environment, making it possible for us, students, not to be so nervous to talk to professionals and we had an open and frank conversation.”

At the end of the event, a the Lima Young Professionals representative explained to students what it takes to be a member of the organization and encouraged students to not only join the YP but to look into joining service organizations like the Rotary, Optimists, Lions and others as those clubs are also great places to meet and network with other area professionals in support of the community.

The University of Northwestern Ohio is a Platinum Sponsor of the Lima Young Professionals and as such, any interested UNOH students or employees can join the organization at a discounted rate.  For information on how to join the Lima Young Professionals visit http://limayp.com

Category: Campus & Community, Business, Health, and Occupational Professions

Keywords: Young Professionals, Networking Lunch

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Last updated: 03/22/2019