College of Business students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were able to get a peek into the real world of business by participating in roundtable discussions with successful UAFS alumni.
Eighteen young alumni who are recent graduates from the College of Business conversed with students about the transition from college to the workforce at the event, which was held April 18 in the Latture Conference Center in the Business and Industrial Institute.
Specifically, alumni discussed what they would’ve done differently when they were college students, pointers about interviews and resumes, and how to find the job that best suits students, according to student Taylor Wewers of Fort Smith.
“It was extremely beneficial. The young alumni were just recently going through what we’re going through now, and were able to offer a different perspective from our parents and professors about entering the workforce,” she said.
This marked the eighth year for the event, which was created out of a need to give students more real-world experiences, according to Dr. Larry Faulk, associate professor of management at UAFS. Alumni are eager to participate, Faulk continued, because of the strong relationship and affinity they have for the College of Business.
“I think we do a pretty good job developing close relationships with students so that when they leave, we still have a strong connection with them,” Faulk said. “They love to come back. When they leave, they tell me to let me know when the next event is. They want to give back more to the school.”
Alumna Allyson Peek, regional manager of retail sales at OK Foods and participant in this year’s event, agreed.
“One of the greatest things about the UAFS College of Business is how much they invest in their students,” she said. “They take the time to ensure that students have all the tools and guidance needed to be successful after they graduate. I owe a lot of my success to programs and events like this, so getting to now participate as an alumni and help our current students is an honor. I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the programs that have truly helped me succeed as a young woman in the business world.”