This article was posted on behalf of President of ASCEND, Alvinnie Kwok.
Ascend’s mission is to provide a platform for students to launch their professional careers as well as provide a tight-knit community of mentors, colleagues, and friends. Through personal mentorship, professional training, networking opportunities, and career exploration panels, we strive to nurture our members’ leadership potential, challenge them to take initiative, and shape their career path.
I still remember that day when I came across the bright white tablecloth with “Ascend” plastered in bold orange letters. Despite not knowing what Ascend was, I was drawn in immediately by the genuine yet confident manner of the officer elaborating on his experience in Ascend. At that moment, all I knew was that I wanted to be like him – a leader capable of inspiring students to maximize their potential.
Each semester, our six committees host valuable events aimed towards transforming our members into future leaders. This semester, the Career Development Committee and Professional Development Committee organized a large scale Networking Workshop with professionals from Ernst & Young. Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, and True Partners Consulting. With many of our members seeking internships or full-time offers, this opportunity provided an overview of the preparation needed for pre-interview socials, tips on how students should present themselves when conversing with recruiters, and examples of how students could follow-up with professionals.
Within intimate roundtable sessions, the professionals offered a firsthand glimpse into their working life. Our students, who were brimming with inquisitive questions, listened in rapture as each professional discussed their service line, shared their engagement experiences, and provided recruiting advice. Throughout the event, our inquisitive members were able to exercise their networking skills and receive personalized feedback on their performance afterwards.
Ascend leverages its resources and professional network to organize such events and mold our students into future professionals. Regardless of your major or year, there is definitely something Ascend can offer you. You will come to appreciate Ascend not only for the exponential growth you gain, but also for the supportive network of friends – friends who guide each other in both professional and personal endeavors.