'The Economy and the Graduate' show to air May 5 on Big Ten Network

Panel of global executives discuss business sector trends, employment strategies for new college graduates before live student audience

With television cameras rolling, Penn State brought together a panel of three global business executives and a live student audience for a rare conversation between employers and prospective employees.

"The Economy and the Graduate," a one-hour show scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, on the Big Ten Network, covers executives' perspectives on the short-term economy as well as strategies and advice for recent college graduates and students to secure employment during the national economic downturn. The show was hosted by Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

During the one-hour show, undergraduate and MBA students from Penn State asked the panelists -- Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup Inc., Karen Peetz, senior executive vice president for the Bank of New York Mellon, and John Surma, chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel, all Penn State alumni -- questions such as whether to hire an employment consultant, how to weigh a salary offer versus health care and other benefits, and what activities to pursue while trying to land full-time employment.

From the significance of networking to the idea of becoming a specialist or entrepreneur in a field, the executives fielded a wide range of topics. The audience learned sound strategies -- and sometimes conflicting perspectives -- regarding their "brand" as an employable worker, the role of a good mentor, and the effects of setting lofty long-term goals.

"The Economy and the Graduate" is scheduled to debut at 7 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, May 5, on the Big Ten Network, and re-air at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and 8 a.m. Friday, May 8; check your local listings for further details.

A preview of the one-hour show is available for viewing online here.

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Last Updated September 20, 2011