August 27, 2020 : By Logan Smith - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University’s School of Business has announced the creation of the Liberty Business Community, an online career community enabling Liberty business students, alumni, and employer partners to connect and engage in meaningful career conversations at all stages.
Funneled through Grafted, an up-and-coming software company founded by Liberty alumni Tyler Baker and Tim Layer, business students will engage with top alumni and business experts across all fields and specialties for one-on-one mentoring so they can shape their curricular choices in real time and develop the technical and personal skills needed in their particular industry.
In today’s challenging hiring environment due to COVID-19, alumni nationwide are heavily relying on networking for employment opportunities. The easy-to-use community app, exclusive to Liberty School of Business students and alumni, will provide a job pipeline and give graduates the upper hand in the competitive job market by connecting them with a larger pool of potential employers.
Liberty Business Community, which shares common values in faith, will give students multiple opportunities to perfect their professional networking skills. They will be granted lifetime access to the platform, so they can continue to receive the support of thousands of fellow alumni as they progress through their careers. The highly secure software will also help the School of Business identify firms that can partner with Liberty students.
“Our desire is to give our students and alumni every possible opportunity and advantage in finding, obtaining, and enjoying meaningful and fulfilling career opportunities,” said Dave Brat, dean of the School of Business. “With the creation of the Liberty Business Community, our students can now leverage our most valuable asset: our alumni.”
The school received assistance from Matt Young, the Assistant Director for Employer Relations in Liberty’s Career Center to make the platform possible.
The app will also give Liberty alumni a meaningful, impactful way to give back to their alma mater.
“So many of our successful alumni want to be able to pour into the lives of current students,” Brat said. “The Liberty Business Community provides a method to do this — to share their experiences, and to invest in and empower the next generation of Liberty business alumni. Our alumni now have a space where they can easily remain engaged with the School of Business and give back to current students.”
Interested business students can download the app from Play Store (androids) or App store (iPhone) and search “Liberty Business Community.”