During the month of February, Cairn University Enactus hosted their annual RIDE seminar. This two-part program equipped over 100 students with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively portray professionalism and competence in a business setting.
RIDE (Resume, Interview, Dress, and Etiquette) began on February 9 when students gathered with businessmen and women from the community to learn how to craft an effective resume, dress professionally, and make a good impression through proper business etiquette. Two weeks later on February 23, students returned to practice these skills in mock interviews. Over 50 professionals from companies such as Vanguard, Barnes & Noble, Amtrak, Nutrisystem, and many other schools and organizations served the Cairn student body by conducting three 20-minute interviews for each student and giving them immediate feedback on how they could improve their professional presentation.
“I talked to a RIDE interviewer who told me that he would hire one of his interviewees in a heartbeat, and he even passed his business card along to me to give to the student to further connect and help her land her first job,” said Kelly Peiffer, assistant professor in the School of Business and faculty advisor to Enactus. “That kind of personal attention and care for our students from these professionals is unique and something that you won’t find anywhere else.” Because of opportunities like RIDE, she says, 96% of students find a job within a year of graduation.
Cairn’s chapter of the international Enactus organization exists to encourage student-led entrepreneurial projects that provide authentic business experience and serve others. Their efforts over the years have earned Cairn numerous awards, including first place in sixteen Regional Level Enactus competitions and consistent rankings in the top 20 teams of the USA National Exposition. Enactus initiatives at Cairn like the RIDE seminar provide students of any major with the opportunity to develop further as professionals.
To learn more about Cairn University’s business programs, visit cairn.edu/business.