Schedule

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. in Hall of Presidents, top floor of D-Hall. Continental Breakfast will be provided.

Session One: 9:00-10:15 a.m.

1A: Careers in Liberal Arts: Knowing — and Selling — the Strengths of a Liberal Arts Degree

Liberal Arts degrees offer many advantages in the career world; the kinds of critical thinking, communication, research, and interpersonal skills, as well as the habits of mind, developed through a liberal arts curriculum are highly desirable and beneficial. Yet those with liberal arts degrees may be in the position of having to explain, defend, or sell the strengths of a liberal arts degree to parents, potential employers, or other stakeholders. This panel will explore what a liberal arts degree can offer, as well as ways to communicate the value of a liberal arts education.

1B: Knowing Where to Start: Job Search Strategies for Finding Your First Job(s)

The process of finding that first job — or changing jobs early career — can be a daunting task, particularly considering the wide range of career opportunities available to those with a liberal arts degree. Alumni panelists will offer attendees stories, strategies, advice and encouragement for the job search process, particularly in the early stages of careers.

1C: Navigating Gender and Identity in the Workplace

Despite progress in workplace equity, gaps and inequities remain for women, members of the LGBTQ + community, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. This panel will explore ways to navigate the sometimes complex territory of gender and identity in the workplace.

1D: Say What? Communication Skills in the Workplace

Nearly every career requires strong written and spoken communication skills. Liberal arts degrees offer many opportunities to develop strong communication skills. In this panel, alumni from a wide range of career fields will discuss strategies for developing and honing those skills, and applying them in the workplace.

Session Two: 10:30-11:45 a.m.

2A: How’d You Get There?: Circuitous Paths After Graduation

Particularly in the modern job market, career trajectories are rarely a straight line. Many college graduates, including those with liberal arts degrees, find their careers taking surprising — and surprisingly rewarding — paths. Alumni panelists will discuss the journeys they have been on, and offer audience members advice for starting their own potentially circuitous paths.

2B: Do’s and Don’ts for Thriving on the First Job

Settling in to the first job can be a challenge after graduation. A group of alumni from a wide range of careers will offer stories, suggestions, and advice for navigating those challenges and thriving on the first job.

2C: Careers in Doing Good: Jobs that Make a Difference

Liberal arts degrees offer unique opportunities for careers in service, social justice, civic engagement, advocacy, and other fields that focus on doing good. Alumni panelists will reflect on their own work (paid and unpaid) in such fields, and offer advice to current students interested in careers in doing good.

2D: Building a Professional Social Media Presence

Rapid changes in technology and communication are changing the ways we explore and look for jobs, as well as the way we manage our professional lives.  On this panel, alumni share insight and advice on building a strong professional social media presence for job searches, networking, and professional advancement.

Alumni/Student Networking Lunch: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Located in the Hall of Presidents, top floor of D-Hall. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Traci Zimmerman, Director, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Students must pre-register for this event.

Session Three: 2:15-3:30 p.m.

3A: On the Job: What I Learned Working That I Didn’t Learn in the Classroom

No degree can prepare us for every challenge we will face, or all of the skills and knowledge we will need, as we enter the career world. Alumni panelists will share what they learned on the job that they didn’t learn in the classroom, and will offer current students strategies for preparing to adapt to the demands of the job.

3B: Careers in Legal Fields

Not everyone with a law degree practices law — but some do. This panel will explore the range and variety of careers in legal fields, and help current students understand the traditional and creative paths a legal career can take.

3C: Beyond the Bachelor’s Degree: Graduate and Professional Education

A wide range of graduate and professional degrees and certificates are available after completing an undergraduate education. In this panel, alumni will explore the educational paths they pursued after earning their bachelor’s degrees, and where those paths took them, and share advice with current students considering continuing their education after graduation.

3D: Doing Business with a Liberal Arts Degree

A large number of graduates in the liberal arts find themselves doing business: starting small (or big) businesses, consulting or contracting, or otherwise working in the business world. Alumni will share their experiences and advice for navigating the business world, and leveraging their liberal arts degree in business fields.

Networking Reception for Faculty and Alumni: 4-6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Harrison Hall lobby (by the Quad entrance). Continental Breakfast will be provided.

Workshop Sessions: 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • Resume/Cover Letters
  • Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Internships/Volunteering