Career Conference Schedule of Events

The Career Conference program is made up of four "modules," spread over four days:

Module 1:  Identify who you are and what you want to do

  • Who are you, REALLY?! – The spiritual foundation of a career search.  An outside guest shares inspiring ideas for a prayer-based approach to employment, setting the tone for the entire conference.

    Your Skills and Talents – Breakout sessions to discuss and discover your marketable talents and skills.  What makes you special and drives your passions?

  • Is Graduate School in Your Plan? – Learn the “good and bad” about applying for grad school. How to find the program that’s right for you … how to get in … and how to pay for it!

  • What Employers Want – Put yourself in their shoes and better understand how to express your value in terms of what employers want from an entry-level candidate.

  • Your “Elevator Speech” – Workshop to express who you are in 45 seconds or less.

Module 2:  Understand the market

  • Hidden vs. Overt Job Markets – Understand the difference, how to tap into them, and the importance of building “professional communities”.

    Search Techniques – Where do you start? How do you move forward? The “nuts and bolts” of a successful job or internship search.

  • Professional Panel – Hear directly from employers about what they are seeking in interns and entry-level employees; networking advice; how to handle phone/screening interviews.

  • The Informational Interview – The importance of talking to people and learning more about employment options. How do ask for one? What do you say?  Then, you conduct a pre-scheduled informational interview over the phone.

Module 3:  Express Who You Are

  • Social Media and Your Search – With proper use of social media, you can effectively present your personal brand and avoid common mistakes that could hurt your search.

    What’s in Your Résumé? – Learn to write a “killer” resume that opens doors and gets interviews. Emphasis on a targeted chronological resume; what to include, what NOT to include, and more.

  • Open Labs – Time to tailor your resume to a specific job description. Supported by staff.
  • Professional Dinner – Practice and discuss appropriate professional etiquette and dress.

Module 4:  Activate Your Job Search

  • Interview Correspondence – Use proper correspondence protocol when writing Cover Letters and Thank You Notes.

    Have a Great Interview! – Prepare for typical questions with strong responses. Learn specific techniques. Should you negotiate salary? Session includes breakout session with role-playing.

  • Mock Interviews – Participate in a “real” in-person interview with a visiting professional. Put into practice what you’ve learned. Each interview is videotaped, then reviewed with a Principia staff member immediately following.

  • How Did You Do? – Facilitated debrief with time to ask questions, compare experiences, and review what was learned.

  • Networking Reception – Your chance to join with other conference attendees and invited guests in a formal “cocktail” reception where you can practice your networking skills and connect with leading professionals.


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