Last Thursday night Ryerson University’s student branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) hosted a networking event and their last event of the year. Several Registered Dietitians were there as well as professionals from the food service industry. The event gave the students the opportunity to network with four professionals, some of which were recruiting students for the summer. The format of the event was very casual where students and speakers could converse around the room while enjoying food and drinks. Students had the opportunity to engage with the speakers in small groups and find out more about their journeys and job opportunities in the field. In terms of building a career, Registered Dietitian Anisha Mahajan advised, “It is important to find out what inspires you and then proceed by pursuing that path.”
Attendees thought that the event was a well-organized networking opportunity that allowed for small group interactions and one-on-one conversations. The event was also sponsored by Greenhouse Juice Co. and Dufflet Pastries, who provided treats for students.
Overall the night was a successful way to wrap up the year. It was an amazing opportunity for student to network with professionals who were actively recruiting employees for their companies. Students had the opportunity to use the networking skills that they have been developing all year in order to make connections with industry professionals. The attendees made many great contacts and learned a bit more about various career paths, not only in dietetics.