The Power of a Business Network
It's no secret that networking is a big part of being successful. Here at CougsFirst!, WSU students from Business Fraternity Delta Sig put together a panel to educate on how you can use the CougsFirst! network to grow your own personal and professional network.
- Jack Thompson, Co-Founder & Board Member at CougsFirst!, and Business Development Manager at The Jack Thompson Team with CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Mortgage
- Tony Poston, Executive Director at CougsFirst!
- Michelle Chapman, Assistant Director For Student Engagement and Career Development at WSU Carson College of Business
Community creates a feeling of belonging no matter where you are.
The Coug community is a strong, supportive network. It’s also a great place to network and find mentors.
A business network will help you in the form of referrals, advice, expertise, and connections that can open doors for your business ventures. You never know who will be able to help you until you ask!
"Think Cougs first for all your products, services, and hiring needs."
You shouldn't be surprised at how many opportunities there are for Cougs to network in any professional community. "Being a Coug is the easiest way to get your foot in the door; and anything you’re looking for, there’s a Coug in every industry," said Tony Poston. Whether it's a job, an internship, a connection, or any other resource you might need, Cougs have got your back.
"Be your authentic self, come prepared, and be ready for the next opportunity."
How can you set yourself up to stand out from the crowd? According to Michelle Chapman, you should always "be your authentic self, come prepared and be ready for the next opportunity." The more prepared you are, the better chance you have of making a good impression.
- Be authentic: You have a unique perspective and experience to offer. It may not be the same as everyone else’s but that doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable!
- Come prepared: If you're applying for an internship or job, make sure to do your research, and know who you're talking to and what they want out of their employees. And if there's anything else that might help you stand out from the crowd, be sure to bring it up in conversation.
- Be ready for the next opportunity: You never know when an opportunity is going to come along or what it might look like! It’s important to keep working on yourself so that you are prepared for whatever comes your way.
No matter where you go, Cougs are out there and willing to network to boost a fellow Coug.
“There’s something about Cougars…we’re a kick-ass bunch” - Jack Thompson
According to Michelle Chapman, "Cougs helping Cougs is the epitome of what the “Coug spirit” is.” Cougars are extremely loyal and look out for one another—these qualities make them great team members and employers.
The power of the CougsFirst! business network is something that everyone can take advantage of. One of the most valuable assets you can have as a student is your network, and one of the smartest ways to invest in this asset is by building strong relationships with alumni. To learn more, "Cougle it."
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