More than 40 Anderson University Falls School of Business students and faculty will be visiting businesses in downtown Chicago on October 29-30. The group will be departing by coach bus early Tuesday so they can experience what a “regular” day entails at the firms. Dr. Jerry Fox, director of global business studies for the Falls School of Business, has planned the trip for four consecutive years.
“My main goal for this trip is that students will begin making the mental shift from being a student to becoming a young professional,” said Fox. The students will be sitting around corporate boardroom tables, broadening their network with alumni and other professionals, and learning what it takes to be successful in a business setting.
Some firms on the itinerary include: Crowe Horwath LLP, among the ten largest accounting firms; Salesforce.com, a CRM and cloud computing company which recently topped Forbes’ list of “Most Innovative Companies in America”; Hyatt Hotels, voted “Best Hotel Chain USA/Canada”; and Pandora Internet Radio, which serves more than 200 million users. This array of firms gives students exposure to companies in different industries.
This year’s student group includes freshmen through seniors. Fox sees this as a positive because it allows younger students to ask themselves “Is this what I want to do?”, while it gives upperclassmen the opportunity to broaden their network and ask, “How do I get this job?” Fox said he wants to give students the opportunity to “meet successful professionals who have been in their shoes and let them experience what it means to be ‘Salt and Light’ while striving for excellence in the workplace.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.