TUBE conference panel urges students to prepare for corporate world now


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 10, 2014) – Among the highlights for the first day of the 2014 T.U.B.E conference was a panel discussion Monday that educated students on the skills needed in the business world. Entitled, “Corporate America is just a Game,” the session was modeled on a sports theme. Subtopics included: “In the game or on the bench?”, “How to get into the game”, “Becoming a number one draft pick”, and “Are you coachable or on the defense?” 

Panelist Kim Butler.
The panel was sponsored by Alabama Power and featured five distinguished businesspeople: Foster Ware III, Davida Smith, Stewart Carter, Kim Butler, and Tommy Swearingen, Jr. In total, they had a combined 30-plus years of experience in corporate America. The panelists came from several different industries and professions, from program management to aeronautics. Two of the five panelists were also graduates of Tuskegee University. 

During the two-hour panel, students were given an idea about how to attain success in the corporate world. The panelists gave their opinions on the four subtopics. Later, the floor was given to students to ask questions. Although the panelist answers were not the same, they all were very clear about the type of employee that succeeds in the corporate world. Carter described the ideal candidate.

“The number one draft pick is committed, coachable, hardworking, has a great work ethic and is honest. They are not afraid to fail, because failure only allows for improvement,” Carter said.

The entire panel agreed that students need to “practice how they play.” For example, students need to craft their work ethic while they are in school because their actions now reflect what their actions will be when they get into the workforce. Students were also advised that the game is not only played from 8 to 5, but afterhours as well.

“Just going to class is not enough. You must attend conferences (like these), gain internships, get involved with campus activities and get to know your deans.” Smith said. “Organization is (also) key, and leadership roles on campus translate to leadership roles in the corporate world.”

TUBE audience listens to session.

Story by: Karlette Sullivan, Student Reporter, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

Photos by: David Nixon, Student Photographer, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

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