What’s to come at CareerCon

Jillian Spaulding 

OPINIONS EDITOR

The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development will be holding its first CareerCon — a new addition to their Backpack to Briefcase and Straight Out of College series next week, April 8 — April 11. This series will focus on students transitioning into the workforce, and almost all of the events will have hiring employers present. Attending CareerCon will allow students to not only learn important skills needed after college, but also to network in a more intimate setting with recruiting professionals.

In preparation for CareerCon, the Career Center gave out free ice cream in front of the Campus Inn (CI) this past Tuesday, April 2 to students who wanted to know more about the new series. This event, which was co-sponsored by KPOET Radio, lasted from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and gave students an opportunity to register for various CareerCon events through Handshake and ask questions.  

Here is a run-down of next week’s career-enriched events —the what, the when, the where, and the why! Also, make sure you bring your resume to all these events!

Monday, April 8

Thriving Authentically: Career, Culture, and Identity from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Villalobos Hall.

On Monday, working professionals will share their experiences as people of color and as members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the workplace. They will also be giving their insight on how students can stay true to their identity. 

On-Campus Experiences Matter: Articulating Your Skills and Competencies from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. SLC 204.

This event will guide students on how they can beef up their resumes, as well as how to network. 

Tuesday, April 9

Open Tabs to Your Internship Search ftom 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Various Locations.

During this event, the Career Center’s Peer Career Advisors, including their department staff, will be stationed all around Campus, from the Spot to the SLC, to answer questions about internships and how to find them. 

Explore the Internship Way of Life from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hoover 100.

Tuesday evening’s event in Hoover 100 will go even more in depth on creating your resume and what specific employers look for before saying yes.

Wednesday, April 10

Get It Together: Networking, Resumes, Interviews, and Your Online Brand from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. SLC 204.

Employers in the medical and entertainment fields will be attending this event to give their advice on your brand and how you can best showcase it. 

Thursday, April 11

The Ominous World of Finances: Understanding Money from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Career Center.

The Business Department will be partnering with the Career Center to host a talk about money — how students can save, budget, and confidently control their personal finances as they transition into the professional world. 

Network and Connect: Cheers to Opportunities from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. CI West Wing.

CareerCon’s last event will be a mocktail/cocktail networking event, where students can mingle with recruiters. Bring at least 10 copies of your resume to this event because these recruiters will be there to take them! And, of course, do not forget to dress to impress! 

Students can register for all of CareerCon’s events on Handshake. In case students are not familiar with the program and how to use it, all you need is your Poet email credentials! If you have any difficulties, the Career Center welcomes walk-ins! 

Courtesy of Poets Connect   An illustration in The Spot encourages students to check out Handshake.

Courtesy of Poets Connect

An illustration in The Spot encourages students to check out Handshake.