K-State draws 400 students for its Professional Development Day

By The Mercury

Fourteen companies and an expected 400 students will participate in Kansas State University’s second Professional Development Day, a College of Business Administration-sponsored event that gives students the opportunity to learn and perfect skills such as networking, corporate ethics and cross-generational communication.

The college’s Professional Development Day will be 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the K-State Student Union. While geared toward students in the College of Business Administration, students in all majors are encouraged to learn more and register at This is a free event.

At Professional Development Day, companies present concurrent interactive workshops to small groups of students. Nine workshops will be offered at each of four time slots, giving students a variety of topics to choose from.

After the workshop, a social hour will give students the opportunity to network with company representatives in a less structured setting.

Student representatives from the college’s student organizations planned the inaugural Professional Development Day during the spring 2012 semester.

Students who attended learned important professional skills and benefited from having direct contact with companies who actively recruit business students.

The event is organized by the Joint Project Committee, made up of student leaders from organizations in the college, and the staff of Professional Advantage, the college’s professional development program.

The companies and workshops for this year’s Professional Development Day are as follows:

•Cargill: Personal branding

•Cerner: Effective interview skills

•ConocoPhillips: Corporate ethics

•Hallmark: Strategic key account selling – How Hallmark sells to its top retailers

•Koch: How to obtain an internship

•KPMG: Transitioning from school to work/internship

•Philips 66: Thriving in a cross-generational workplace

•Victaulic: The consultational approach to selling

The following companies will attend the social hour:

•Northwestern Mutual

•Hormel Foods

•Enterprise Rent-A-Car

•TEK Systems

•Edward Jones

•GTM Sportswear

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