RIT Talk Focuses on Personal Connections in Career Growth

Follow RITNEWS on Twitter The value of personal connections in career development, capturing coveted assignments, closing the big deal and searching for a new job will be discussed in a talk at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Britta MacIntosh will address “Who Do You Know? The Value of Personal Contacts to Your Career” 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. MacIntosh, vice president for business development with NORESCO, in Westborough, Mass., and a 1989 graduate of RIT’s engineering college, will share from her personal experience career lessons she learned the hard way.

“Today’s business world moves lightning fast—connected by cell phone, e-mail, BlackBerry, Bluetooth, Internet, Web meetings, videoconferencing and more,” says MacIntosh. “The electronic age has brought untold conveniences to the workplace and has made it possible to work from home, have teams that are spread across the globe and be in touch around the clock. While these methods of communication are a fact of life for today’s new engineers, you should ask yourself: Who would I turn to if I were to lose my job tomorrow? Who do I know in my industry that could influence my career, help me find the right job, help me sell the next deal, sponsor my advancement within my corporation?”

The talk, part of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. It will be presented in Xerox Auditorium in RIT’s James E. Gleason Building.

For more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/coe/news/DeansAlumniSpeakerSeries06-07.pdf.