For most students, the primary reason to pursue any field of study is to become career ready. For students enrolled in either the online or on-campus Master’s in Global Technology and Development program at Arizona State University, the degree provided career skills, resources and inspiration. What they sought next was to form a broader network of industry peers and mentors.
The solution? Get together and pilot a networking event to connect with experts all over the world.
The project was launched by Global Technology and Development student Sarah Muench. Her goal was to reach out to professionals who could virtually meet with students for 15 minutes to discuss career possibilities and realities. Interviews were face-to-face and one-on-one. To Muench, it was a vital step toward making connections that also helped boost the degree’s visibility in the specialized development sphere that spans the globe.
It was a success. Students connected with experts as far as the United Kingdom and Hong Kong and as close as specialists in Arizona. The professional pool drew government workers from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as experts with nonprofits and private organizations. Discussions revealed insights and introduced student innovators to real-world contacts.
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