More Students Linking with Business Community Than Ever Before Through Young Business Professionals

Published: April 07, 2014

More Students Linking with Business Community Than Ever Before Through Young Business Professionals

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Landing that first job is only the first step for a young professional.

Young Business Professionals (YBP) of the Coastal Bend is helping bring in and keep more young professionals in Corpus Christi by providing opportunities for networking, leadership, education, and community service through a new student membership.

The networking platform of YBP began in 2009, said Dr. W. Scott Sherman, Associate Professor in the College of Business. One of his international students saw a need to provide networking opportunities for other international students, who may have language or cultural differences.

“As a place to network, it has certainly worked,” Sherman said. “And they’ve built off that, and also into service opportunities.”

YBP President Joshua Tijerina, a 2007 A&M-Corpus Christi graduate and insurance agent, said the organization has established a lower-priced student membership, emphasizing that business networking begins at that level.

So many graduates start their first job, and begin looking for a ‘grown-up’ social structure, he said, with smart conversations, volunteer opportunities, and networking with other young professionals.

“It’s not all suits and ties. It can be jeans and a T-shirt, too,” he said. “YBP offers a valuable social network that appeals to every type of graduate.”

Dr. John Gamble, Dean of the College of Business, said the group gives new graduates and students a link to the professional Coastal Bend community.

“The Young Business Professionals group has become a pipeline for our University students into their first career,” he said. “Students connect with community leaders, develop their own leadership skills, and get noticed by businesses that hire these energetic young people.”

Tijerina said YBP accelerated his community relationships.

“It has allowed me to grow in the community in a way I probably wouldn’t have been able to do for years down the road,” he said.

The group also offers its members a chance to work on their leadership skills through participation in several committees. This opportunity can help young professionals develop their leadership style and gain confidence that will be evident in the workplace and in job interviews, those involved said.

Tijerina said the group is the go-to spot for companies and committees looking for young talented professionals.

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