Programming Opportunities

Collaborate with us! Have a programming idea or instructional need? Count us in! The team in the Career Development Center has a wide variety of programs ready to go. We can also work with you to customize or create programming to fit your specific needs.

Collaborate with Us!

Interested in collaborating with our staff? Fill out this short form to start planning an exciting workshop or program.

Expectations

Our team will work with you to identify appropriate programming and make any specific changes to our workshops and presentations that will best fit your needs.  We will bring and facilitate the workshop or presentation, provide handouts, moderate a career panel (unless the student wants to!), and assist in marketing the event via our email and social media channels.  We expect our collaborators to take part in the design of the event, participate in the facilitation of it in some way, and perform the majority of the marketing efforts.  The primary responsibility of the collaborator is to get participants to the event.  

Important Note on Lead Times

Please keep in mind the required lead times listed on the program menu.  Career Advisors typically book appointments 1-2 weeks out. So, the more lead time you can give us, the more likely we are to be available.  Also, we usually have evening availability on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays.  While not guaranteed, we can usually be more flexible with more notification.

 The Program Menu

 Ace Any Interview!

"So, tell me a little bit about yourself."  After your resume has been submitted, the next step is the interview.  We will focus on in-person interviews, but will also touch upon phone interviews and Skype interviews.  This workshop covers all the details including what to wear (and what not to wear!), when to arrive, what to do while waiting for an interview, and thank you notes for after the interview.  The majority of the workshop focuses on teaching participants how to articulate who they are, what they have done, and what they want to do next.  This might seem intuitive, but can actually be quite intimidating.  Learn easy strategies to ace any interview!
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with handouts and activities 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Advanced Interviewing

Participation required!  We will focus less on the details on the structure of an interview like what to wear, and timeline of a typical interview, and more on answering interviewing questions.  This workshop involves group work where we will pose different standard interview questions and participants work together to create a concise and effective response.  Take your ability to verbally articulate your resume to the next level.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with group activities 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1 week; dependent on staff availability

Career Panels and Roundtables

Want to bring employers and/or alumni representing a specific industry to campus? We can help!  We will assist you in creating an effective format for your event such as a traditional panel with a moderator, or roundtables which allow for great small group networking opportunities.  Our staff will also assist you in identifying panelists and representatives.  These events are very individualized in their design and an Advisor from Career Developmentwill meet with you in-person to identify your goals and help create an event that will be effective for your intended audience.
Length: 1 to 1.5 hours
Presentation style:  Panel, and/or interactive small group networking roundtables 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  At least 1 month; dependent on availability of staff and representatives

Career Q&A

This program has been popular with Resident Assistants.  It has taken on many names including: "Coffee and Careers," "Pasta and Post-Grad," and "Cocoa and Careers."  Free food and coffee always brings students to an event!  You bring the refreshments and the students, and we'll bring the resources.  A Career Advisor will open the floor to questions and concerns students have regarding their career exploration, internships, and professional development.  Some collaborators have also had students write questions on paper and have the counselor pull those questions from a hat to add a level of anonymity for students' questions.  You know your audience best and we are open to any format.  This program is very flexible.  FYI - Career Advisors love ice cream (hint hint).
Length: 1 hour
Presentation style:  Informal Q&A; incorporate activities as you see fit
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Choosing the "Right" Major

Not sure how to go about selecting a major?  Not confident you selected the right major?  What is the right major?  Maybe you enjoy what you are studying, but want to learn how to translate it into a job, graduate program, or service opportunity.  No matter where you are at in the process of exploring academic opportunities, this program can provide you tools to assess your interests, skills, and goals to see where they intersect.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with handouts and activities 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

 Creating a CV: Story of Your life

"Curriculum vitae" means "courses of life" and is oftentimes used in academia instead of a resume.  While a resume is limited to only one page, a CV maybe multiple pages and include more detail for various experiences and achievements.  Still, more content does not necessarily mean less quality.  Everything on the CV must be effectively articulated and represent your skills and strengths well.  Participants will get an understanding of what content belongs on a CV and how best to organize that content into meaningful categories.  They will leave with the beginning of an outline detailing their experiences, thus far, as a start to creating their own CV.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with group activities 
Audience:  Graduate school candidates, and anyone else needing a CV for an opportunity
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Creating a Professional Resume

The resume you created in high school needs to grow up.  A professional resume is one that you will submit to employers (jobs or internships), post graduate service organizations, some graduate school programs, and in any networking opportunity.  Also, some on-campus opportunities require a resume (i.e., SURE, peer mentor, resident assistant).  This workshop will educate you on the basic format of a quality resume, and help you begin to articulate your experience in a way that highlights your strengths and transferable skills in a concise and effective way.  Participants will begin outlining their own individual experiences, and receive sample resumes on which they can base their own.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with handouts and activities 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Finding Your First Apartment

It can be overwhelming searching for your first apartment and identifying a rent that you can afford.  This presentation outlines basic budget criteria to help you define an affordable range of monthly rent, how adding 1+ roommates can affect that range. We will also show you a basic rental contract, and discuss when you might need a co-signer for a lease. 
Length: 1 hour
Presentation style:  Presentation with handouts
Audience:  Seniors, all majors and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

 First 90 Days

The first 90 days of your internship or new job are full of transition and opportunities to make an impression.  Understanding the workplace culture, generational differences, and common "do's" and "don'ts" can greatly increase your chances of getting started on the right note.  You are ready for this next chapter.  Are your expectations realistic?  Do you know what will be asked of you?  
Length: 1 hour
Presentation style:  Presentation with handouts
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Graduate School 

This presentation is a general overview of the graduate school application process.  We begin with evaluating whether or not graduate school is the right first destination for you after you graduate.  Then, we discuss the variety of ways to complete you degree including online programs, hybrid programs, and traditional classroom-style environments.  The majority of this presentation will be a comprehensive overview of application components and processes, guidance on reviewing potential graduate programs, and understanding how to determine whether or not they will match your career path and needs.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Presentation with handouts 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Handshake Orientation

You know what it is, but are you using it to its fullest potential?  We would be very happy to provide a general overview of Handshake and guide you through its many resources.  You can find thousands of jobs and internships in the database - which can be overwhelming.  Let's focus your search to make it more beneficial to your goals.  We will also show you how to book appointments, find events relevant to your needs and interests, and how to register for them.
Length: Adapted to your specific needs and goals
Presentation style:  Presentation with demonstrations
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Internships

Everyone needs them.  Does everyone know how to get them?!  This presentation provides insight into what internships are, and how they can help you achieve your personal career development goals.  We will explore various resources where you can find internships, and discuss the application process.  We will also discuss how to get credit for an internship, as well as touch upon the process for securing summer housing here on campus.  
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour 
Presentation style:  Presentation with demonstrations
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Job Offers

Congratulations! You received a job offer!  So, now what?  This can be a very exciting and overwhelming moment.  Do not get caught off-guard!  Let us coach you through this process.  There are very specific things to do and/or say when learning more about a job offer.  Did you know you should negotiate the salary?  Employers expect it!  Did you know you can ask for some time to review their offer?  Once you accept an offer, you are officially off the market.  Let's make sure you are prepared and confident when you finally say, "yes!"
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour 
Presentation style:  Presentation with handouts
Audience:  Juniors and seniors, all career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Job Search

Before you get the offer, you have a lot of homework ahead of you!  Finding a full-time job is a full-time job.  It can take up to six months!  The good news is, at this point in your life, recruiters are aggressively seeking new grad to hire.  Let's take advantage of it!  We will review a variety of resources to find job postings appropriate for your goals and interests, as we as share with you some strategies for managing your search so you do not lose track of your progress.  
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour 
Presentation style:  Demonstration with handouts
Audience:  Juniors and seniors, all career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

LinkedIn Photobooth

We will collaborate on this program only once a semester.  In the fall semester, it would be best for it to happen in September as the recruiting season (primarily for finance and accounting industries) opens in late September.  In the spring, the LinkedIn Photobooth will take place at the Job & Internship Expo in February.  We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any student club or group on this endeavor.  We can talk to you about equipment resources, timing, etc.  Again, this program is limited to twice a year and we will collaborate with a group each time on a first-come, first-served basis.  It has been a very popular program!
Length: Typically open for 3-4 hours
Presentation style:  No presentation or workshop activities
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  2-3 weeks; dependent on equipment availability

Networking: LinkedIn and General Overview

Sometimes, it is all about who you know.  And, you know more people than you think!  We can teach you how to identify your personal network, and build your confidence in how to tap into it.  The LinkedIn presentation will focus solely on this very valuable resource.  We will walk through a profile so attendees can create one in real-time.  We will also discuss how best to use it to locate potential connections.  The general overview of networking will be more about how to network in multiple situations, and help you to identify people already in your network. In both presentations, we will also discuss informational interviews - a productive and easy exploration tool many students use to answer the question, "what is it like working at..."  
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Workshop with group activities, and demonstrations 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability

Personal Branding

Who are you?  Who do people think you are?  Are these the same?  Most impressions begin online.  However, your brand is developed over time and must be carefully managed.  It is important and can impact your career path very early on.  This presentation will go over various characteristics of your personal brand, and how to use them to your advantage.  Be true to yourself, and let others see who you are.  Let them value you as a candidate, then a colleague.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Presentation style:  Presentation with handouts 
Audience:  All majors, class years, and career interests
Lead time:  1-2 weeks; dependent on staff availability