Career Services Online Interactive Conference


Conference Sessions

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

 

Opening Keynote Address - 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

Spring Awakening: A Preview of College Hiring in 2010 - 2011

Dr. Phil Gardner

Collegiate Employment Research Institute

Dr. Phil Gardner is the Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests cover the transition from college to work and early workplace socialization; labor market dynamics for college educated employees, especially career development; student engagement, learning and competency development; and impact of the first and second year of college on commitment to learning.

In addition to membership in various professional organizations, Dr. Gardner serves as senior editor for The Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships. Dr. Gardner has been quoted countless times in national media regarding the college labor market, and has presented his data on numerous occasions to national and regional audiences such as the Human Capital Institute, National Association of Colleges and Employers, Campus Recruiting Forum, and Monster.

 

Session 1 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Interactivity in Internships: Breaking it Down for Students and Employers

Alexa Smith and Jackie Bovee, Depaul University

This webinar will address best practices for internship programs to inspire and creatively engage students in their internship search. Areas of focus will be tips for developing and implementing interactive search strategies for students such as the DePaul University Internship Program’s new workshop: iPrep “Find Your Dream Internship!” In the workshop, students are provided with an internship search planner to help them navigate and network their way to an internship. Students who enroll in internship courses are matched with alumni mentors based on industry or career interests. By helping students connect with professional mentors we encourage them to engage in career development beyond the classroom environment.

 

Implementing an Internship Guarantee Program

Dixie Crase, University of Memphis

The University of Memphis has a goal of 100 percent of undergraduate students having an opportunity for an internship experience by the University’s 100th anniversary in 2012. In this session, attendees will: gain an understanding of the factors contributing to the development of the goal, strategies used in the implementation of the goal, and challenges associated with the successful accomplishment of the goal. Participants will be able to apply “lessons learned” to their individual institutional internship programs.

 

Session 2 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Increasing Commuter Student Engagement Through Professional Development

Marni Passer and Robin Goldstein, Long Island University

This session will cover how to increase commuter student engagement at a four-year urban university. Research on commuter student engagement will be reviewed along with first-hand experience in student outreach through professional development activities. Specific topics to be covered include skills programs, faculty outreach, interdepartmental relationships, outcomes, and recommendations.

 

Why You Need a New Strategic Plan Now! (And How to Make it Happen.)

Graham Donald, Brainstorm Consulting

When change is occurring all around you, there’s nothing more comforting than a solid plan with a clear mission, precise goals, and concrete objectives for your office and each member of your team. Match that with a good process for adapting expectations and re-focusing resources to the changing marketplace and you will be well positioned to stake your claim in the competition for your institution’s shrinking budget. If your current strategic plan isn’t up to that challenge, then you may find your colleagues are feeling overly stressed, less able to make decisions, and generally less productive – even though they may be working harder than ever. Whether you are ready for a complete overhaul of your strategic plan or simply need a little “mission statement therapy,” now is the time to gather with your colleagues to revisit your shared objectives, re-assess the marketplace, and gain clarity about the expectations of your stakeholders.

 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

 

Session 3 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Alumni Relations Initiatives: A Tool for Enhancing Alumni & Student Career Services

Effie Parpos, Babson College and John Feudo, Boston College

The changing global economy has created an environment in which a college’s ability to support the career and professional development needs of its diverse alumni and student populations has become paramount. With a mutual understanding of the two distinct operational models, career services and alumni relations professionals can more effectively partner to provide career support to their largest, and growing group of constituents –alumni, and to an increasingly diverse student population. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of an alumni relations operation as well as specific strategies for leveraging alumni resources to deliver alumni career services.

 

Strategic Partnerships--Cultivating a Path from Education to Career

Cathy Gallagher, Point Loma Nazarene University

This presentation will explain the demand in higher education to create engaging, strategic, active, and mutually beneficial partnerships with the business community. The students of the 21st century are searching for connections that go beyond the classroom. Business leaders of our communities are encouraged to recognize the value and relevance of their expertise and insight and how it can be incorporated into the academic experience of our students through personal and professional development experiences that best fit the needs of today’s business trends and climate. To maximize opportunities universities must look at innovative ways to align themselves with industry leaders from a variety of fields. Developing these relationships and working collaboratively to enhance the education of our students is essential for continued growth and sustainability of our programs. Specific examples and techniques to bridge education and career development will be presented.

 

Session 4 - 1:00pm EST to 2:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Creatively Engaging Student Organizations for Greater Success and Impact

Stephen Loflin and Verelyn Gibbs, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Have you ever wondered why student leaders and high achievers never make it to the Career Center? This presentation will address this problem and share how to effectively tap into student organizations to raise awareness and participation in career center programs and activities. We will explore how to reach students earlier in their college experience and help them plan ahead for career success in a more strategic way. You will discover surprisingly easy ways to engage students through student organizations to not only grow participation but also how to gain access and introductions to companies that students are directly connecting with on campus through channels other than the Career Center.

 

Successful Federal Search Strategies (Part 1): Why Should I Bother?

Paul Binkley and Julie LeSuer, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

The federal government is the employer of choice in these turbulent economic times. But simply finding the right internship or job is frustrating, not to mention the application process itself. It’s as if they make it difficult on purpose. This session will give career practitioners information to help their clients better understand why they should apply to the federal government, what is available and where to find the right opportunities.

 

Session 5 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Career Services for Constituents Transitioning from the Military

Grace Williamson, American Public University System

Examine the employment challenges faced by your military constituency as they prepare to separate from the military. This session is designed to provide you with a better understanding of your military students, veteran’s preference programs, intern and scholar programs, differences between federal and private industry resumes, military skills translation as well as valuable military career resources. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how you can assist military students and alumni as they prepare for career transition and a new perspective of how your office can provide guidance.

 

Understanding and Engaging a Growing Hispanic Student Population on Campus

Dr. Miguel Corona, AdMentis Hispanic Talent Solutions

The demographic composition of college campuses in the United States continues to change considerably. The size of racial and ethnic populations is expected to continue to grow substantially due to immigration and birth rates within these groups, particularly in the Hispanic American population. This workshop is designed for career center professionals with a relatively small but growing Hispanic college student population on their campuses. The presentation provides an overview of trends, characteristics, and profiles of today’s Hispanic college student. Participants will develop a better understanding of Hispanic college students including their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences, and challenges. The importance of these factors and their potential impact on Hispanic college student career choices will be discussed. The workshop will also provide suggestions on how career centers can assure Hispanic students’ career-related needs are supported and met.

 

Friday, August 20, 2010

 

Session 6 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

What Happens to Women's Salaries After College Graduation? How Can Colleges and Employers Help Them?

Gail Eisenberg and Samuel Laposata, Muhlenberg College

Most college career centers are familiar with the fact that men and women graduating with the same college major and similar grades and classes will embark on their careers with similar starting salaries. What may be less known to the career centers is that those same graduates will have very different salaries within a few years after graduation. This presentation is based on a true longitudinal study of the graduates of the class of 2000, all with similar majors, from a small liberal arts college. Like many other studies, results how that while salaries for men and women at graduation were similar, men's salaries increased quicker than women's salaries. But unlike other studies, this one tracked the same students over multiple time periods. Though the size of the cohort is small, this study is rich with information that may be helpful to college career centers. This information may also be useful to employers who want to insure that their investment in recruiting and training women professionals pays off in terms of high satisfaction and high retention rates

 

Helping Others Understand the Importance of Experiential Education

Karen Andrews, Kennesaw State University

Much has been written about the importance of experiential education in today's economy, but how do you get the faculty and students to understand? At Kennesaw State University, our President charged us with the goal of becoming the "Experiential Education University" for the University System of Georgia. Achieving this lofty goal will be the content of the presentation reviewing the steps taken by our office to get the "word out" and the "buy in" from our faculty and students. The results have been the strongest participation of students in the University's history.

 

Session 7 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Successful Federal Search Strategies Part 2: Creating Effective Federal Job Applications to Avoid the “HR Black Hole”

Paul Binkley and Julie LeSuer, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

After deciding to give the federal government a try and identifying a number of great opportunities, what next? This presentation will cover the different types of hiring open to the federal government, how to use USAJobs and other websites, deciding which job to apply to, how to write an effective federal resume, what happens to applications after submission, and how President Obama’s memo to federal agencies may affect the hiring process. (Part 1 is not a prerequisite for Part 2.)

 

Designing a Successful Career Course for Academic Credit

Dr. Rachel Goodman, Maharishi University of Management

This session shows how to develop, present, and evaluate a career course for credit. We will cover the rationale for offering a for-credit course for third and fourth-year students; how to achieve buy-in from faculty and administration; the most important topics to cover in the course (and how to design the course so that the topics build sequentially to create confidence and career success); how to provide the topics for different learning styles and age groups; how to evaluate student success in the course; how to update the course each year by staying current in the field and the students’ latest career interests; and how to utilize sections of the course in different formats: such as for shorter workshops and individual sessions.

 

Session 8 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Your choice between the following two sessions.

Using Social Media to Help Students Create & Manage their Professional Brand

Ignacio Gallardo, University of California Santa Barbara

Personal branding is the internet’s hottest buzz word and according to an article in Time magazine,” The majority of kids coming out of college today are essentially generic”. In order for students to develop their personal brand, they must first understand themselves and their unique value to a potential employer. Their personal brand is only effective if it communicates why they are different from the next candidate and motivates an employer to choose them. The focus of this workshop is to help students utilize social media to set themselves apart from the crowd and command more opportunities.

 

Win The Job Interview Before It Begins

Dan Burns, The First 60 Seconds

Personal branding is the internet’s hottest buzz word and according to an article in Time magazine,” The majority of kids coming out of college today are essentially generic”. In order for students to develop their personal brand, they must first understand themselves and their unique value to a potential employer. Their personal brand is only effective if it communicates why they are different from the next candidate and motivates an employer to choose them. The focus of this workshop is to help students utilize social media to set themselves apart from the crowd and command more opportunities.