• Carrie Taylor Kemp

    Carrie Taylor Kemp

    Career Services / Adjunct Instructor
    Duluth, MN
    English ’02, St. Scholastica; MA, ’04 English, UMD

    Carrie's Bio:
    Welcome to our CSS Community! I’m an alum of the College and have worked here for the last seven years. I’m housed in our Career Services Office as Employer Relations Associate—a new position— which gives me access to employers (the world beyond college) to connect them with our students and alumni for internships, jobs and other professional development. You’ll also find me in the classroom, as I teach First Year Composition; it’s so rewarding to witness students who are beginning their journey as a Saint. Looking forward to connecting with you!

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

Face-to-Face Communication Isn’t Dead!

I was browsing the LinkedIn news feed this afternoon and I wanted to share this article for a few reasons. First, of all, based on my age (early 30s), one could make certain assumptions about my level of technology adoption. However, I consider myself slower to adapt than some or most of my peers. I was a humanities major. I will probably never win a Mario Kart race (and my nephew is only six). I never attempt the directions on setting up the new electronic item in our house; I simply pass them on. I don’t own a Smartphone (although Santa is likely bringing me one this year). This is the first semester I’ve utilized BlackBoard in my class. As soon as we sit down to eat dinner at home, I shut off the TV. For a long time, I considered this lack of technological involvement to be a badge of honor. At first glance of the headline, it was easy to see why I would gravitate toward this article.

Earlier this morning, I was in a staff meeting with colleagues from Career Services and Alumni Relations planning our annual Saints Helping Saints student/alumni event, which will take place in February. We were generating ideas on how to market the event to current students in order to practice the art of networking, in addition to introducing/demonstrating the idea that networking can occur anywhere and with anyone. After all, the mantra states you never know who you’re going to meet and how that meeting could turn into a contact/job/internship/other development opportunity. How do you teach and/or model this to students? How can you make it seem important without mandating their participation?

After reading this article, my greatest wish is for students to adopt this kind of networking philosophy (after accepting the fact that networking is ESSENTIAL–regardless of major, field or career aspirations). Maybe their schedule doesn’t allow them the opportunity to meet weekly, but the general design could work in a variety of settings, keeping close these guidelines:

1. Interface with individuals who are both like-minded as well as vastly different–both in ideas and in professions.
2. Attempt this activity on a regular basis.
3. Make your meeting place somewhere outside of work and/or school (Oldenburg’s “Third Space”). Attend a city or community-based event, a meeting for a professional organization, or even a school-sponsored panel/discussion.
4. It’s not always wise to involve those you know very well (e.g. your best friend). Part of networking is stepping outside your comfort zone.
5. You never know who you’re going to meet and where you will meet him/her.
6. It’s not always the new contact you meet, but rather the connections that your new contact has. The art of the referral is a powerful thing.

Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve adapted my beliefs about technology slowly over time! I recognize the power of combining technology with face-to-face communication. Heck, one of my top five for the Strengths Finder is Futuristic. I am a strong advocate of LinkedIn (our office hosted our first LinkedIn student workshop last October). My Smartphone will be under the tree in a few weeks, and I’ll happily begin to build an app collection for both work and for play. It’s not a comprehensive technology plan, but it’s a start.

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