We’ve heard of speed-dating style interviews, mob interviews, elevator pitch competitions, but what, exactly, is a meet-up?
Introduced fall term as part of the Fridays in Austin student engagement platform, meet-ups set our visiting alumni and industry partners on a solo conversational mission with a small group of students, either in a meeting room or in the community spaces within Austin Hall. The ideal number of students might be seven to nine participants, but could be as rowdy as twelve or as intimate as four.
The ideal conversation is dynamic, personal, and detailed. We’ll be honest, there is a chance that the format can be new for both students and our visitors, but in the end it will be impactful and memorable. In order to help the process along, we have created a highlights reel with finance alumnus Sean Edwards, ‘01, senior vice president - credit products manager, Bank of America, and the students he talked to at his meet-up while back in Corvallis for Fridays in Austin.
Edwards, with a long career in investment banking and customer-forward models, is a seasoned networker and handled the 50-minute format with ease. He met students from as near as Happy Valley, Oregon, and as far as Pakistan and Kenya and shared advice to advance a career and his expertise in banking.
Tip one: Come with your typical “ice breakers” handy — be prepared for compelling answers — and be prepared to keep driving the conversation.
Edwards: Why did you choose Oregon State University?
Student 1: I grew up in Happy Valley, and I just picked the closest college.
Student 2: I am an international student, and my sister already goes here. My parents didn’t want to fly all over the place.
Student 3: I am from California, and I didn’t want to go to U of O, because there’s too many Californians there already.
Edwards: Why did you come to this meet-up?
Student 1: Oh, it’s for class credit.