The Student Professional Development Day held by Career Development in April was not a day that students should have missed. There were a variety of speakers that had so much to offer. The speakers gave both students with or without a job advice and what to do next after college. The different topics that were given included:
- Motivation and Energy
- Life After College
- Networking Your Personal Brand
- Etiquette Lunch with Presenters
- Conducting an Effective Job Search w/ LinkedIn
- “Minding Your Own Business” Women Entrepreneurs
- Graduate School
- UIU Faculty Panel
I am a recent May 2014 graduate and I especially found all of these speakers very beneficial. Looking at the future, it is important to be positive and keep an open mind. Students should be looking for a career, not a job. There might not be a fancy house or a big pay check right away, but that is something that will come with time if you play your cards right. Personally, my knowledge of finances needs improvement. The “Life After College” presentation gave me insight to what I need to work on for my own personal finances into the future. It is important to create a budget, have an emergency savings fund, remember student loan payments will start 6 months after graduation, and start a retirement savings account. Every student should take social networking into consideration. What is put online could potentially hurt or help someone. LinkedIn is a way to get your name out there and can help create a personal brand.
Not everyone looks at graduate school, however it is an opportunity for all students to consider in regards to making the best plans for their future. The UIU faculty panel was open to individual questions that people have about their current situations. This was a good chance for students to get advice from individuals that have been in their shoes. This presented a learning opportunity of how to best plan for a future.
The Student Professional Development Day was an amazing opportunity for all students to gain knowledge about their future. I encourage everyone to attend these sessions in the future.
Senior, Business Administration Major
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