National Career Development week will take place on campus November 14—18.
The purpose of the week is bringing awareness to career development. Career development is the idea that you are constantly growing a variety of skills related not only to your current job but which can help you in your future career.
Britt Lorenz, Director of Career Services, said “it’s interesting to watch new students come in as freshman and watch how they grow and develop skills by the time they are seniors.”
The focus of National Career Development week is to bring awareness to the services provided by the campus Career Development Office. These services include résumé writing, interview skills, job search strategies, basic graduate school application help, college major exploration, career exploration, and practice interviews, to name a few examples. The office also hosts occasional job fairs and oversees the job postings on WolfWorks.
During National Career Development week, the Career Development Office will host several events free to all students. To kick start the week on Monday, November 14, from 10am to 1pm there will be a tabling event, which will cover how to network and developing an elevator pitch, for example.
On Tuesday, November 15, from 10am to 1pm there will be a tabling event that will cover quick résumé writing and cover letters. On Wednesday, November 16, at 11:30am there will be a Lunch & Learn workshop in the Centennial Rooms titled Living A Balanced Life. The workshop will cover how to balance full-time work with personal life and how to develop both at the same time. On Thursday, November 17, from 10am to 1pm there will be a tabling event covering How to Dress Professionally, with Jenna from Maurice’s. Also on Thursday, at 5pm there will be a workshop in MJ204 titled Prepare for Graduate/Professional School that will provide information on how to prepare and the items needed to apply to graduate or professional school.
Lorenz encourages all students to take advantage of these opportunities. They help students develop skills because values, interests, goals, and networks are constantly changing. Lorenz said “You never know what the future is going to hold.”
Annika van Oosbree