Weigh the Value of a Summer Business Program

Use it as a networking tool, rather than merely a crash course in the nuances of business.

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Career and life coach Weinstein warns, however, that students shouldn't simply assume that slapping an expensive summer program from a reputable school on their résumé will significantly bolster their chances for employment. Networking opportunities, more than anything gleaned in the classroom, he says, are the true benefit these programs have to offer. "All it takes is one contact," Weinstein says. 

Noonan, the Villanova student, for one, has adhered to that philosophy and claims she's tried to get the most out of the interview training and networking opportunities that are part of Villanova's program. "No matter what profession you're going into, you have to apply for a job, you have to interview, and you have to network," she says. 

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