FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington recently held its seventh annual College to Corporate Symposium to guide business-ready students as they prepare to graduate and enter the working world.

Successful Maine business professionals who graduated from UMF shared their postgraduate experiences with participating students with an informative panel discussion. The dialogue was moderated by Kate Baum, UMF assistant director of alumni relations, class of 2007, and featured panelists: Melanie Arsenault, class of 1981; Sven Bartholomew, class of 2002; Samantha DePoy-Warren, class of 2006; Chris McKee, class of 1992 and Paul Spizzuoco, class of 1989.

Students learned about hiring practices, future industry trends, the best way to rise to the top in a job interview, key ways to navigate today’s job landscape and meet employer’s expectations and more. Understanding what an employer looks for in an interview was of special interest to students.

The event was sponsored by the Ferro Alumni Center; UMF Career Services; Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies and the UMF Pre-MBA Program. Career Services offers one-on-one career counseling services to students regarding career and academic issues and continuing workshops and information regarding internships, resumes, interviewing skills and graduate school planning.