Students looking to sharpen up their professional wardrobe and etiquette can attend the fifth annual Dress for Success fashion show hosted by Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), Binghamton University’s oldest and largest business fraternity.
The fashion show, which will offer advice from experts on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of professional attire, will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Old University Union’s Mandela Room.
“We hope to illustrate the influence that impression management has on a successful internship [or] job search,” said Paul Cho, a graduate student in the School of Management and director of the Dress for Success event.
Dress for Success will feature a runway event displaying several different looks, ranging from business casual to formal black-tie styles.
Professionals from eight firms, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Grant Thornton and Protiviti, will be in attendance to give students pointers for the Career Development Center’s Job and Internship Fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Events Center. Professionals from the McGladrey firm will be sponsoring the event but will not be present.
“This is a great event to have on campus, because most students have no idea what to wear when going to a job interview,” said Marissa Langett, a sophomore majoring in integrated neuroscience. “It’s a big help, especially right before the career fair.”
DSP has arranged the fashion show to feature a professional runway with lighting and sound. There will also be many giveaways in the form of raffles for students who attend, including padfolios, résumé paper and gift cards to Express.
According to Cho, more than 150 students have attended Dress for Success in previous years and about 200 students will attend this year because of the bigger number of participating firms.
He also said the event is a way to give back to SOM students, and is the largest of the year for the business school.
“[Students] should come out and learn more about professional etiquette and proper attire, while being exposed to eight top firms within the finance and accounting industries,” said Melissa Choy, a senior majoring in business management and an emcee for the event. “It’s never too early to start networking.”
Dress for Success is free for all students and will also feature skits and performances by the BU Dance Team and The Binghamtonics a cappella group.