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Recap: Career Week 2015

4 Mar

Career Week 2015 had more than 1,000 participants in the varying events and services offered February 8-14. DePaul alumni and graduate and adult students gathered for everything from networking events and workshops to career-building opportunities. This year marked DePaul’s eighth annual Career Week. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Center, and 30 other departments and partners collaborated to create an amazing lineup and promote events.

Opening Brunch

Career Week 2015 kicked off with a keynote address from alumna and Hyde Park consultant Leslie Andrews (SNL ’01). Andrews gave ground-breaking strategies for thriving in today’s job market and maintaining resilience through challenge and transition. The development opportunities did not end there. Participants had the opportunity to get their résumés critiqued and attend breakout workshops from university friend Alison Musgrave and ASK mentors Rajiv Nathan (BSC ’11) and Martin McGovern (BSC ’10) on the topics of resilience in your career and personal branding.

CW 2015 keynote brunch

Events and Services

Opening Brunch was just the first of more than 30 events and services offered throughout the week. After hearing strategies for maximizing the use of LinkedIn from DePaul professor Robert Gramillano, participants had the opportunity to take free professional headshots to update their profiles. “Boundaries are important in all relationships—even with connections made via social media,” says Gramillano.

CW 2015 LinkedIn event

Throughout the week, departments facilitated LinkedIn critiques and practice interviews while the Barnes & Nobel bookstore offered special discounts to participants. For alumni and adult students unable to come back to campus, this year’s Career Week calendar included more teleconferences and webinars than ever before! Topics included to phone interviews, careers in healthcare and technology’s connection to a job search.

Supporting the Careers of Those in Need

In light DePaul’s Vincentian mission, this year’s Career Week participants were not only concerned about advancing their own careers. On Saturday, Feb. 14, DePaul alumni and students spent Valentine’s Day spreading love to junior high and high school students from Marillac Social Center by advising them on topics relating to college and careers. Career Week participants also donated professional attire for individuals who are receiving employment services from the Marillac St Vincent de Paul Center’s outreach program with a goal of obtaining employment.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

Thank you to Geico whose support helps make Career Week possible. Did you know that alumni, students, and employees may be eligible to receive an 8 percent discount off their auto insurance? Check out Demon Discounts to learn more!

Did you attend Career Week 2015? Tell us about your experience by filling out the post-event survey.

If you missed Career Week 2015, you can get recaps, resources and handouts from individual sessions on the Career Week website. Throughout the year the Office of Alumni Relations continues to host events tailored to your career needs. On March 11, tune in to the monthly alumni career conference call The Art of Informational Interviews and visit the alumni events calendar for more workshops and networking opportunities.

Lessons from Career Week 2014

27 Feb

For Career Week 2014, approximately 900 DePaul alumni and graduate and adult students gathered Feb. 9-15 for a week of events designed to help them stand out in their careers and job searches. This year marked DePaul’s seventh annual Career Week. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Center, and 20 other departments and organizations collaborated to bring participants an amazing lineup of activities and guest speakers.

Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 kicked off like never before. For the first time, participants had the opportunity to hear from not just one speaker but an entire panel of career experts on how to stand out from the competition. The alumni panel included Theresa Banks (CDM ’87), Jackie Benitez (BUS ’98, MBA ’07), Sonja Cotton (BUS ’87), Eric Hellige (CMN ’05) and Graham Warning (MBA ’91). Also new to the annual event’s agenda were two breakout sessions, free LinkedIn headshots and resume critiques following the panel. When reflecting on the event, SNL student Paul Pearson said, “This was my first time out to a Career Week event and I would recommend it, if not advocate for it, to any DePaul student or alumni from this day forward. Simply put, it was brilliant.”

Author Speaker Series

Melissa Wilson speaks at Career Week

Melissa Wilson (JD ’86) discusses job search techniques to stand out.

The Office of Alumni Relations and Law Career Services were proud to welcome alumna and social media expert Melissa Wilson (JD ’86) back to the Career Week calendar. Last year Wilson explained the concepts from her best-selling book, “Networking is Dead.” This year she met with participants to discuss techniques that help you stand out when job searching. In addition to Wilson, featured authors were Banks (from the brunch panel), Katharine Hansen and DePaul professor Terri Lonier, PhD.

New Volunteer Opportunity

Career Week volunteer event

Career Week participants gave back by advising students at Marillac Social Center about college and careers.

In light of DePaul’s Vincentian mission, this year the Career Week committee established ways participants could not only gain from CW 14, but also give back. On Saturday, Feb. 15, DePaul alumni and students spent time advising junior high and high school students from Marillac Social Center about college and careers. Participants also donated professional attire to the students of the CARA program.

Did you attend Career Week 2014? Tell us about your experience by filling out the post-event survey. You can also get recaps, resources and handouts from individual sessions on the Career Week website and see more photos from the event on our alumni Flickr account.

If you missed February’s events, DePaul offers more career services throughout the year! Visit the Alumni Career Services website for more workshops and networking opportunities.

Moving Forward with Advice from Career Week 2013

1 Mar

For Career Week 2013, more than 1,000 DePaul alumni and graduate and CPE students gathered February 17-22 for a week of events to assist them in moving their careers forward. This year marked the sixth year anniversary for DePaul’s annual Career Week event. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Center and 20 other departments and organizations collaborated to bring participants an amazing lineup of activities and guest speakers.

Keynote Speaker Eric Hellige (CMN '05)

Keynote Speaker Eric Hellige (CMN ’05)

Career Week 2013 kicked off with an Opening Keynote Brunch address by Eric Hellige (CMN ’05), career services manager of CareerBuilder. Hellige gave participants exclusive insights on the recruiter prospective of job post boards. Alumna Donna Williams-Murray says, “The speaker was a phenomenal presenter. Eric came to share some information. He did not come to be an infomercial to promote/sell Careerbuilders.com products—he came to share and teach his fellow alums how to utilize online job sites more succinctly, more strategically and more successfully. All I can say is: he came with preparation and passion; he conquered a skeptical, but hopeful audience; and he delivered an immeasurable amount of information, in a minuscule amount of time.”

Author Melissa Giovagnoli

Author Melissa Giovagnoli

Melissa Giovagnoli, best-selling author and social media expert, intrigued participants during her workshop “Networking is Dead.” Giovagnoli engaged participants by sharing personal experiences that formed her concepts on business networking. She left attendees inspired with the altruistic deed of providing all guests with a free copy of her book, “Networking is Dead.” Giovagnoli was part of Career Week’s author speaking series, where each day highlighted an author from the DePaul community. In addition to Giovagnoli, featured authors were Fernanda Hopkins, Alice Stuhlmacher, Ph.D., and Terri Lonier, Ph.D.

Did you attend Career Week 2013? Tell us about your experience by filling out the post-event survey. You can also get recaps, resources and handouts from individual sessions on the Career Week website.

If you missed last week’s events, DePaul offers more career services throughout the year! Visit the Alumni Career Services website for more workshops and networking opportunities.

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