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Cisco Presents to Pi Sigma Epsilon and Marketing 430 Classes
Over the week of September 23rd, representatives from Cisco delivered a presentation on opportunities available at Cisco for upcoming JMU graduates. Cisco is one of the leading developers of networking equipment that transforms the way people connect, collaborate, and communicate locally, nationally, and globally. Using Cisco’s Webex interactive meeting technology, the representatives presented at one of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Delta Rho chapter meetings, and for the Professional Selling course (MKTG 430).
Thanks to the efforts of Marketing Department Chair Dr. Val Larsen and Denise Rudolph from Career and Academic Planning, Dr. Joe Derby was able to contact Cisco to request that the presentations be given during his Professional Selling course and also for the PSE student chapter that he advises. Dr. Derby says, “We were excited to have Cisco present students with IT career information and demonstrate how technology is used to facilitate sales and marketing information exchanges. These types of activities allow our students to learn about the companies seeking their talents and provide a venue for them to ask questions about their upcoming transition to the business world. We are extraordinarily happy to work with leading companies that have the capacity to provide our students with essentially unlimited career growth opportunities.”
A variety of Cisco personnel from the Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C. hosted the information sessions and walked students through the IT market, the next area of explosive growth, Cisco’s training programs, as well as future career opportunities. Through these presentations, over 100 students were able to learn about Cisco’s markets, growth plans, and demand for entry-level technical support and sales specialists. Offering first-hand experience, the Cisco presenters included JMU alumnus Drew Dudzik, and Sales and Technical Associate Program members Drew Hoffman, Derek Frimpong, Jessie Cusyck, and Louis Lowther.
Cisco fielded students’ questions about the hiring process, company culture, work life, and performance expectations, and also provided pointers for making it through Cisco’s very competitive interview process. For students in the Professional Selling course, the information provided by the Cisco associates proved invaluable. Jennifer Donovan explains, “Not only did they give insight on how to do well in Cisco's CSAP program, but the presenters also emphasized the importance of looking into a company's culture to determine if it's a right fit for you--advice that I know most of the class probably never considered before and can take with them on whatever route they choose.”
For JMU alumnus Drew Dudzik, the experience was especially rewarding. “I thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to present on the Cisco CSAP program to current JMU students,” he says. “I remember being in those shoes, and I understand how it feels to be in your last year at Madison, and feeling unsure about your future path. It is always refreshing to hear from someone with first-hand experience, and I was happy to answer any questions the students had on our program and culture.”
Opportunities to help upcoming JMU graduates prepare for life after college are extremely useful for students. Senior Management major and PSE President Andrew Nicely describes, “While Drew was talking about Cisco’s excellent sales program, he also kept bringing up Cisco’s culture—that it is more than just a job, but almost like a family. As a student who is about to graduate, it is refreshing to hear that there are opportunities to work for companies that excite and challenge their employees everyday.”
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