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MS&E Speed-Networking Event Challenged Students to Expand Career Possibilities

Dozens of job-hunting MS&E students slapped on their “Hello, my name is” tags and attended the first “Speed Networking with Professionals” event of the year. The goal? To expand their thinking about possible careers and to add to their network of connections.

By Rachel Street


The event, which was orchestrated by MS&E Careers and Partners Services, was arranged much like a speed dating party. Students moved around a series of tables occupied by a resident MS&E alum discussing their job. Students could ask questions and get insight and advice into that particular career. Designated table topics were also explored in detail. Then, students and alumni ate dinner and mingled.

“The diversity of jobs among MS&E alums is inspiring. Students should take every opportunity to meet people in different fields and companies,” said Linda Esquivel, career and affiliate services officer.

When asked about how this event is different from the many small meet and greets, lunches, and seminars the department has arranged so far this year, Esquivel said, “I wanted to promote broad exposure to different careers students may never have considered.”

According to master’s student Yash Tambawala, “I got a chance to meet alumni who had been working in globally renowned organizations and also those who had recently launched their startup.”

Xin Niu, another master’s student interested in supply chain issues, said he spoke with one alum about patent law, a field he hadn’t previously thought about. He also received some key advice from another alum, “I heard that Stanford could be a life-long resource for us, especially the faculty members. I also learned that we should just seek out and talk to alumni or industry people often—without any fear. They are always willing to teach us something or even learn new perspectives from us.”

Niu also mentioned that he wished he had more time with each alum.

Esquivel agreed and said that she may change the format slightly with future events. “Students and alumni were so involved in their conversations that splitting them up at the seven to eight-minute mark was pretty tough.”

Alumnus Sean Murphy (class of 1981), of SKMurphy, Inc, said, "I was energized to take part in an event that let me meet a number of master’s students. I was impressed both by the other mentors who took part and the students who participated. I would welcome the chance to take part again.”

If you’re an alum interested in connecting with current students or sharing insights from your post-MS&E years, please contact Linda Esquivel at

You can view the list of alumni in attendance and their profiles on the MS&E Careers and Partners Services website.

Monday, May 1, 2017