GC Opportunities: Learning to Network
Dublas Vasquez ‘22 is a global commerce major with an economics minor. He shares a reflection on how networking led to an internship.
As Denisionians, we are always advised to network, but what does that entail on our part? Well, for me it means taking the time to attend global commerce events and to do my research ahead of time. Before attending the “Global Commerce Presents B-Ready Workshop: Marketing 101,” I researched some of the work the guest speaker, Manny Larcher, Co-Founder & CEO of Stopwatch Creative, has done. As you’ll see if you visit the company’s webpage, you can learn a lot about a business through their website.
During the workshop, Manny gave an insightful talk about the 4 Ps of marketing (product, price, promotion, place), his own career journey, and his other business ventures, Collaborate & Elevate and YourInfoDaily, both of which he founded.
At the workshop, I learned that Collaborate and Elevate (C&E) is a platform connecting individuals and businesses to resources and information that enable them to grow. Members receive exclusive access to mentorship and professional development.
Manny mentioned that C&E was having an event, “Gravity: It’s Bigger Than Business,” the following day. After connecting with Manny, I knew I wanted to attend this off-campus event. Luckily, because Denison offers many resources to students through the Knowlton Center, I was able to use a Denison vehicle and drive to the seminar in Columbus.
Taking that first step of attending a global commerce workshop led me to the resources of the Collaborate and Elevate community and then to an internship with YourInfoDaily, a platform designed to “highlight creatives throughout the world.” I am humbled and grateful to have these opportunities.
As global commerce students, we have access to a wealth of knowledge that experienced professionals are willing to share with us. The GC department has a phenomenal lineup of guest speakers through its Global Commerce Connects program, which provides a perfect opportunity to connect with speakers on a one-to-one basis.
My personal intention when doing anything is to learn, and networking with these visiting speakers is no different. By learning, you are practicing and growing. To those students who are nervous about networking: just remember that when you walked into GC 101, your professor didn’t expect you to already know everything to do with commerce and society. All they expected of you was to be willing to learn. Networking is no different.
My best advice as you begin to network is to go out into the ‘real world’ hungry to learn. I was nervous entering that C&E event; however, now I realize that people like Manny will help you along the way if you give your time and effort. Remember to always thank the speaker for giving their valuable time to share their knowledge and ask to connect with them via Linkedin.
Take advantage of the opportunities GC has to offer and give yourself the time to learn to network.