Fall 2014 Semester Workshop Descriptions

The Career Center is offering the following sessions this semester to the campus community.

Are YOU LinkedIn? – Profile Demo and Networking Tips

Did you know that 86% of employers are using LinkedIn as a recruitment tool? LinkedIn is a professional networking site that can help you research jobs, meet recruiters, and find professional contacts. Join us to learn how to create an effective profile, strategies for networking online, and how to take advantage of your network to enhance your job search.

Effective Interviewing Workshops

Learn how to ace the interview with do's and don'ts from recruiters and employers. We will cover effective interviewing preparation, as well as covering the types of questions that you might be asked, how to conduct employer research, and recommendations for appearing your best. 

Gap Year Info Sessions – What To Do Post-Grad Instead of Work or Grad School

Ever thought about taking a year off between college and the “real-world”? Then this workshop is for you! Alternative post-grad options will be presented including part-time, volunteer, study abroad, and internship work that would be ideal for students looking for the perfect gap-year experience to travel, gain new skills, and enjoy life. Join us for this interactive session to clarify your gap-year interests and to identify application strategies.

#HireMe – Job Search Strategies Workshops

Heard the job market is tough? It doesn’t have to be! Students who start and plan early for their job search will have much better luck when it comes to securing that first full-time job after graduation. Don’t be caught without a plan and join us for one of our job search strategies workshops to learn the best resume, interview, and job search tips. We will discuss ways to find opportunities and how to stand out from the rest of the crowd so that you can be #Employed.  

I Need an Internship! – Finding Internships Workshops

Ever heard that you need experience to get experience? It’s true! Nearly 75% of employers prefer to hire students with some sort of work experience (including internships) during their college career (NACE, 2012). Join us for one of our one-hour sessions on finding, applying for, and getting hired for internships. Whether you’re looking for paid, unpaid, near or far from Valparaiso University, we will discuss the best internship strategies!

Is Grad School for Me? – Graduate School Panel

Are you currently considering graduate school as your next career step? Attend this interactive panel with representatives from a variety of graduate programs across the country. We will discuss how to evaluate whether graduate school is the correct next step, how to find and identify graduate programs, and the graduate school admissions process. Come prepared with questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Meal & A Major – Exploring Major Options & Careers

Join the Career Center for some free pizza, while we discuss strategies for identifying and selecting majors and careers. We will present ways to think and reflect on your skills, values, and interests and how these can relate to different career options. This workshop is ideal for undecided students and students who are considering changing their major.

Prep for Success: Career Fair Preparation Workshop

Looking for a job or internship at this year’s career fair? Join the Career Center for this one hour workshop to discover the best strategies for succeeding at the career fair. We will discuss resumes, interviews, and recruiter networking tips. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your best foot forward at the fair. Your next big career opportunity could be one great handshake away!

The U.S. Job Search for International Students

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Career Center, join us for one of three workshops tailored to the job search for international students. We will discuss CPT work authorization, internship opportunities, job application strategies (including resumes & cover letters), finding job opportunities, and how to network and connect with employers. Don't miss out on the essential information you need to get hired after graduation!


Additional Workshop Topics

We offer any of the previously mentioned or following workshops for student organizations, residence halls and classes.  

Career Counseling

Gather basic information about career counseling, reasons students seek career counseling, how it can be helpful, and what to expect during career counseling sessions. 

Career and Major Exploration

Learn how to make well-informed decisions about jobs, occupations, careers and majors.  Other topics include the importance of self-assessment and how majors and careers are connected.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Find out how to create compelling resumes by identifying what employers are looking for, discovering ways to make past experiences relevant to the current position, and providing general information.  This workshop addresses the importance of creating cover letters that sell you and your qualifications.  We’ll cover the composition of a cover letter and offer guidelines to make your document the number one choice of an employer.

Finding an Internship

Learn the steps to finding internship opportunities.  Tips, leads, resources and strategies will be shared and discussed.  At the end of this session, you will know how to find an internship.

Job Search Strategies & Networking

This workshop is will help you begin the process of job hunting.  Many job and internship openings are unadvertised and 75% of job seekers say that networking was their most successful job search strategy. Gain an understanding how to network and where to begin.  You’ll learn how to market yourself effectively, ways to explore the job market, and a variety of other hints and tips to utilize your time effectively.

Social Media and Your Job Search

Social media has become an invaluable tool for use in your job search.  This workshop focuses on how to effectively create and maintain your online brand, and use it to your advantage.  Employers are frequently using social media to do a bit of "snooping around" on job seekers; you want to make sure your social media presence is working for you, rather than against you.

Effective Interviewing

Learn how to prepare for an interview, what an employer is looking for, the types of questions you might be asked, do's and don'ts, and the importance of professionalism before, during and after the interview.

Getting into Grad School

This workshop will help you make informed decisions about graduate school and determining whether this is a positive choice for your future.  You’ll also learn how to choose the program that best suits you, how to create an application timeline and what comprises a complete application. 

Gap Year Info Session

A Gap Year experience is a purposeful full-time paid opportunity to explore or gain life and/or work experience in a field before going into a full-time job, graduate or professional program.  Gap experiences range in time from a few months to a few years; they also can be internships, fellowships and jobs. Attend this session to learn more about the possibilities.