On Thursday evening, January 20th, senior Mudders dressed their best for the Social Business Etiquette Dinner, which is hosted every year by Harvey Mudd’s Office of Career Services. The event provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice proper business etiquette in preparation for job and grad school interviews, conferences, and other professional occasions. During the etiquette dinner, students networked and socialized with a variety of industry professionals, including a number of HMC alumni.
The dinner began with introductions and small talk, before the students and professionals moved on to their assigned tables and began the delicious three-course meal. During dinner, Judy Fisher, HMC’s Director of Career Services, offered detailed advice on how to adhere to professional etiquette when faced with many different types of food and a variety of dining situations.
As an added bonus, each professional attendee also offered a ‘pearl of wisdom’, to the soon-to-be graduates. This valuable advice covered all aspects of life: everything from the importance of saving for retirement to how to continue to learn and challenge themselves even after graduation.
At the end of the event, students were given the opportunity to stay and network with professionals and the alumni. However, even those who did not participate in networking left the event better prepared to distinguish themselves in a variety of professional settings.
Article and photos by: Tessa Adair ’14