As growing professionals, it is not only important to develop our educational skills–the “what we know”–but also to develop our networking skills, or the “who we know”. One great way to expand both our knowledge in manufacturing and our professional networking is by going on factory tours. In the past, the LDP has toured many large organizations including Boeing, Amazon, Accuride, Dippin Dots, and many others. Individual feedback has shown that students involved in the tours receive a greater insight on how products are manufactured and what employees of their college major actually do in the workplace.
In the upcoming weeks, Nascote has been generous enough to allow LDP members to tour their facility in Nashville, IL. I predict LDP members will set a good example of the potential that SIU students have in the workplace as representatives of both our organization and our school. Professional relationships will be established between Nascote employees and SIU students allowing an opportunity for the students ask questions while having a first-hand experience of seeing leadership and technical skills being used in the industry. Participants will leave Nascote having a better idea of how the manufacturing industry is organized and what kind of work they would like to be doing upon entering the industrial workforce.