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RCPD Professional Prep Dinner

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Published: Mar 26, 2014

Students Learn How to Make a Great First Impression

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We were excited to partner with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) for the first annual RCPD Professional Prep Dinner this January.


MSUFCU worked closely with the RCPD faculty and students to offer an evening of learning. MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences Field Career Consultant, Karin Hanson, led the evening with a comprehensive presentation on how to handle even the most formal professional meetings. From interviews, to dinner, to cocktails, Karin discussed with students how to make the most of a first impression.


A large goal of the evening was to create a space of safety and comfort to ask the difficult questions. Students were eager to share their insight and learn how to navigate difficult situations relating to their particular disability. One student, hard of hearing, asked Karin, “What do I do if I’m in a crowded restaurant and I can’t hear the person across from me?” Students are often told they should follow a strict code of contact when walking into professional encounters, but as students’ expressed, “sometimes those rules don’t work for us.”


Question after question, the evening rounded out with a message to be confident, be prepared, don’t be afraid to politely ask for what you need, and above all, use that time to highlight what you can do, not what you can’t.  Both students and faculty left having learned valuable insight from one another.


The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is committed to leading Michigan State University in maximizing ability and opportunity for the full participation of persons with disabilities. We were happy to be able to provide a space for learning and information for students to get them one step closer to their future financial goals after college.