Spring 2015 Semester Workshop Descriptions

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


Career & Job Preparation Workshops


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.

Conquer the Career Fair - 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!

Dazed & Confused - How to Pick a Major and Career

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.

Digital Reputation 101 - Social Media Training

In our ever changing high-tech world, business and personal are beginning to merge, and nowadays your digital reputation IS your reputation. Come learn how to manage your online reputation through proper social media management and learning how to create an effective web presence.

Effective Interviewing Workshops

Recruiters and HR professionals will share advice on preparing for an interview, questions you will be asked, proper attire, do's & don'ts and following up after an interview.  Bring your questions and a friend.

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!

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.

Guide to Getting In - Graduate School Workshop

Are you currently considering graduate school as your next career step? Attend this workshop and learn how to evaluate whether graduate school is the correct next step, how to find and identify graduate programs, and the graduate school admissions process. 

#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.  


Life After Valpo - Personal Finance Workshop Series


More Bang for Your Buck - Managing Your Money & Loans DURING College

College tuition is expensive! But with the right money management tips savvy students can stay afloat during college, while minimizing the amount of loans they have. Come to this informational session and learn how to maintain and balance your budget, loan and repayment options, on-campus resources for tuition and payments, and ways to maximize your living expenses. This session will include 30-45 minutes of information and leave time for individual questions with the guest speaker.

More Bang for Your Buck - Managing Your Money & Loans AFTER College

College students graduating with debt IS a reality, but with the right money management tips, graduates can maximize their accounts and even pay-off their loans AHEAD of schedule. This informational session will cover ways to manage a budget, investment and savings opportunities for recent graduates, and loan servicing and repayment options for government and private loans. 


Staying Afloat - Life Saving Essentials for the Real World

How do I pay taxes? Do I have to get health insurance? What are the benefits of buying versus renting? There is SO much out there to handle in the "real world" and sometimes finding the right answers is hard! Don't end up graduating un-prepared by attending this informational session where guest speakers will teach you the MUST KNOW information for being a person in the real world! 

The Power of the Paycheck - Negotiating Your Way to a Higher Salary (Webinar)

Job candidates stand to lose over $500,000 through the course of their career if they do not negotiate their salary. Don't get caught without more earning power and join us for this 1-hour webinar where we will share all of the facts for determining your worth to an employer and sharing tips on how to negotiate. 


Real World Survivors - Young Alumni Panel
The real world is tough! But armed with the right knowledge you CAN make it easier. Hear from these young alumni as they share their experiences with navigating the real world including finding a job, transitioning from school to work, living at home with their parents, and other common experiences and pitfalls of graduating from college. 



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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

The U.S. Job Search for International Students

We will discuss internship opportunities, job application strategies (including resumes & cover letters), finding job opportunities, and how to network and connect with employers.