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FUTURE, WEEKLY, & DAILY EVENTS WITH CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 2015-2016

Coming Events:

Graduation & Career Fair - April 8, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Krasa Center, Second Floor

Join us! Details below:careergradfair_0415

For a list of employers and positions click here
Questions about Career Fair or Grad Fair? Please contact Dr. Julie Cosimo, jcosimo@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6037 or (630) 829-6041.careergradfair_0415

Weekly Events:

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS, offered daily from 12:30 - 1:20 PM, Tues - Thurs, in the Career Development Technology Center, Krasa 012. This schedule is subject to change; please check with Career Development staff for potential changes and the most up-to-date schedule.

Spring Semester 2015:

March

 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
 3 - Land the Perfect Internship!4 -  Resume & Cover Letter5 -  Experiential Learning: Why Do I Need This to Get a Job?
 10 - LinkedIn & Online Networking 11 - Making Your "Major" Decision 12 - Making Your "Major" Decision
 17 - Spring break18 -  Spring break19 -  Spring break
 24 - Networking 101 & Job Search Strategies25 - Writing Personal Statements26 - Land the Perfect Internship!
 31 - Nail the Interview  

April

 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  1 - Are you interested in learning about Disney Internships?
 2 - Navigating a Job Fair
 7 - Navigating a Job Fair 8 - Grad & Career Fair! 9 -  Land the Perfect Internship!
 14 - Experiential Learning - Why do I Need this to Get a Job? 15 - Writing Personal Statements 16 - LinkedIn & Online Networking
 21 - Land the Perfect Internship! 22 - Nail the Interview 23 -  Networking 101 & Job Search Strategies
 28 - Resume & Cover Letter 29 - LinkedIn & Online Networking 30 -  Nail the Interview


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
Experiential Learning - Why Do I Need this to Get a Job? - How can you get an insider's point of view into a certain industry or occupation? How do you know if you've chosen the right career path? Talk to people who have done it already and ask thoughtful questions, and see them in action in their own workplace. We'll discuss how to approach professionals of interest, sample questions to ask, and what can be gained through life changing experiential learning experiences such as informational interview and job shadows.

LinkedIn and Online Networking - Create a well organized LinkedIn profile and learn how to network online successfully with professionals in your areas of interest.

Land the Perfect Internship! - For today's college students and graduates, it's more important than ever to have hands-on experiences in your field. We'll talk about how to search for and find meaningful internships so you're better prepared for and more competitive in the workforce.

Making Your "Major" Decision - Accounting or anthropology . . . biology or bilingual journalism . . . chemistry or computer science . . . Sometimes we need help with those "ABCs." We need tools to ask ourselves the right questions so we feel confident in our choices. If you're not certain what course of study to pursue, join us for this session of self-exploration and discovery!

Nail the Interview - Preparing for a professional interview for an internship, job or graduate school? If your answer is yes, or even maybe, to any or all of the above, join us for this workshop and get a jump start on your interview preparation and professional story-telling skills!

Navigating a Job Fair - Job and internship fairs can be a great way to connect with employers, research positions of interest, and increase your potential to get an interview by making a positive impression. Join us to learn how to maximize your experience and how to best prepare for and perform at a career fair.

Networking 101 & Job Search Strategies - Is there any truth to the saying "it's all about who you know" in the job search? Yes, there is. Join us for this workshop to learn various methods to build and sustain your network and develop effective job search strategies.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing - Learn how to write a competitive resume and cover letter, your essential tools in the job and internship search. This workshop focuses primarily on resume writing with an introduction to cover letter writing, providing additional helpful resources and next steps.

Writing Personal Statements - Thinking about going to graduate school? Join Writing Learning Specialist, Anne Marie Smith to learn how to craft a Personal Statement at this workshop. Don't wait until the last minute! Even the best writers need help with them! Learn what to include and what to exclude; find out about common errors and how to avoid them; and explore campus and online resources. 
 

Daily Events:

Need assistance with resume or cover letter writing? Curious about any other program or service offered through Career Development? Drop in during our daily walk-in hours, Tuesday through Friday. No appointment is needed during the walk-in periods.

DAILY WALK-IN SCHEDULE:

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 

External Events: 

See below and stay tuned for more career development related events happening in and around our community!

Executive Status Network

This community networking group meets the first Monday of each month on Benedictine University's campus from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Executive Status Network is a job searching networking group. Their members include business professionals from varied backgrounds who are employed or seeking employment. A typical member would be a manager, technical specialist or business professional who is accustomed to leadership responsibilities. The purpose is to enhance job search capabilities by sharing information with other members. 
  • Serving the Western suburbs for nearly 20 years
  • Open to all work disciplines and levels
  • Focus on getting participants (unemployed or underemployed) moving in the right direction
  • Provide an understanding of today's search tools (elevator speech, handbill, local job clubs and other resources)
For more information and to RSVP for the next event, please email Mr. Allan Larson, the event facilitator, or call the Career Development office at 630.829.6041.

Looking for more community events to expand your professional network? Download this list of area job clubs and networking groups. If one looks interesting to you, be sure to call ahead of time as contact information may have changed.

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities, April 14, 2015:

BENDER career fair 2015
Are you a person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or internship?
This virtual career fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend.
  • Unique opportunity for college students and college grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including ANSYS, Epic, Medtronic, National Security Agency, Nestle Purina, Verizon, and more!
  • Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.
  • For more information, please contact bender@careereco.com or call 770.980.0088.

TEKsystems Career Night


On April 6th TEKsystems is hosting a career night in there Downers Grove location. This is a great opportunity for those that are interested in pursuing a sales career to see what the real world is like, and also to get a better understanding of the IT services industry. If you are interested in attending please contact Dan Troy, Director of Business Operations at 630-795-3352 or dtroy@TEKsystems.com.


Events Passed: 

Be sure to join us next time!

Fall in Love with Your Career! February 11th & 12th, 12:15 p.m.

Join the CPEs for a two-day event in Kindlon at 12:15. Stop at Career Development stations sure to sweeten your outlook on your job readiness.

  • Feb. 11 - Wednesday - Birck-Kindlon Corridor (2nd floor)
  • Feb. 12 - Thursday - Kindlon Atrium (1st floor)

What says Valentine's Day like resumes, cover letters and elevator speeches? Not much else when you're in love with what you do. If you haven't yet found your true career love, all the more reason to join us! Stop at Career Development activities including:

  • Are you a sweet talker?
  • "Date" your resume...
  • "Kiss & Tell" cover letter
  • Dress to impress!

Get a ticket at each station to get your FREE PIZZA at the end. Want to win a fantastic prize? Enter our PHOTO CONTEST via Facebook: like our page, BenUCareer, and post a picture showing what you love the most this Valentine's Day.
Look for our CPEs in Kindlon this week!

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CAREER FEST - January 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., North Central College

Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard Street, Naperville, IL, 60540
All Benedictine students and alumni are welcome to attend! Network with 80+ employers and learn about internship and job opportunities, including teaching positions. To see employers registered to date, log on to collegecentral.com/iscpa
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for opportunities in the business sector (including non-profits)
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for opportunities within school districts
Register for CareerFest by January 23 in the Career Development Center

in Krasa 010 and pay the reduced fee of $10. Registration fee on the date at the door is $20. Go to collegecentral.com/iscpa to upload your resume and see the full list of employers.

Career Fest_Poster_2015_v4_4CareerFest Workshops/Walk-up Resume Reviews

Join us for workshops on resume writing, creating an excellent elevator speech and other networking skills. Don't miss this great opportunity to look for a job or internship & networking with professionals!

Workshops in the Career Technology Center: Krasa 012 - 12:30 to 1:20pm

Tuesday, Jan. 20 - Writing a Winning Reusme
Wednesday, Jan. 21 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills
Thursday, Jan. 22 - Writing a Winning Resume

Tuesday, Jan. 27 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills
Wednesday, Jan. 28 - Writing a Winning Resume
Thursday, Jan. 29 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills

Walk-up Resume Reviews:

No appointment needed: 12:30 to 2:30pm
Three Days: Wednesday, Jan. 21, Thursday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 29
Two Locations: Krasa (second floor) and Kindlon (first floor open area) CPEs and Career Development staff are ready to review your resume!


SENIOR CAREER ORIENTATION, November 10, 12 & 13, 2014, 12:30-1:20, Krasa Presentation Room and Kindlon 163
Congratulations, Seniors! After four years of hard work, you're nearly to the finish line. Now what? Join us for one or all of these workshops to get oriented for your professional life to come so you move forward with confidence!
  • Monday, November 10 - NETWORKING & UTILIZING YOUR ALUMNI CONNECTIONS - Krasa Presentation Room - with Ms. Trente Arens, Alumni Development Specialist & Career Development staff
    Join Trente Arens and learn about services for alumni, how to stay connected and how you can benefit from your alumni network. We'll also discuss how you can get the most out of LinkedIn and important networking strategies to practice for career success!
  • Wednesday, November 12 - MARKETING YOURSELF FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL - Kindlon 163 - with Amanda Skarosi and Cydney Weber, Graduate Admissions
    Hear about your advanced degree options at BenU and how to market yourself for grad school. Join Ms. Skarosi and Ms. Weber to learn about BenU's programs and what might be right for you. We'll also talk about how to research all your options and plan ahead.
  • Thursday, November 13 - SALARY NEGOTIATION & PAYING BACK STUDENT LOANS - Krasa Presentation Room - with Recruiters from Advanced Resources & Thad Paskert from the Financial Aid Office at BenU
    When should you negotiate for a salary? What should you ask for? These questions and more will be addressed during this session. Plus, learn how to prepare for your future financially, including how to develop a timeline and strategy to pay back student loans.

Refreshments will be served.Walk-ins welcome!


GRADUATION FAIR - Tuesday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Krasa Student Center, Second Floor

All those graduating in December, please mark your calendar to join us on this day* to pick up your cap and gown, commencement tickets, and obtain commencement confirmation. Additionally:
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer
  • Join us for the new Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame
  • Order Personalized announcements
  • Discuss any remaining financial obligations and get your questions answered, plus
  • Participate in a raffle and enjoy some delicious refreshments.
*Please note, this will be the ONLY date available for December graduation to pick up your cap and gown prior to commencement.
GRADUATE SCHOOL WEEK, October 27-30, 2014, 12:30-1:20, Krasa Presentation Room
Applying to graduate school? Join us to make sure you're prepared for the process and learn specific techniques to make your application stand out!
  • Monday, October 27 - INTERVIEWING STRATEGIES with Career Peer Educators (CPEs) Kiran Munir and Joey Frazee
    Learn important strategies to prepare for graduate school interviews and feel confident in telling your professional story. Learn about what to do before, during and after your interviews. Get insight from seniors who have gone through interviews themselves for medical school!
  • Tuesday, October 28 - WRITING A PERSONAL STATEMENT with Anne Marie Smith, Writing Specialist
    Have no idea how to start writing a personal statement? Don't wait until the last minute –they must be crafted! Even the best writers need help with them! Learn what to include and what to exclude. Find out about common errors and how to avoid them.  Explore campus and online resources.
  • Wednesday, October 29 - GRADUATE SCHOOL PATHWAYS with Kristin Stiltner from KAPLAN and Amanda Skarosi and Cydney Weber from BenU
    How should you prepare for the graduate school admissions process and graduate entrance exams? Hear about the timeline for applying, how to market yourself, and how to best prepare for graduate school entrance exams. Also hear about graduate school options at BenU from Amanda and Cydney from the Graduate School Admissions Office at BenU.
  • Thursday, October 30 - PROFESSIONAL WRITING with Anne Marie Smith, Writing Specialist
    Need 2 Learn 2 Write Professionally? Learn what is considered professional writing. Find out what impression you give when you don't include capital letters, punctuation, or appropriate greetings and closings. Explore campus and online resources.

WINE DOWN FRIDAY, October 17, 2014, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

National Moser Center for Adult Learning, 1832 Centre Point Cir., Ste. 102, Naperville, IL 60563
In celebration of more than 15 years of adult education, join us for wine and cheese to celebrate and learn what The Benedictine Promise is all about. Network with fellow Benedictine alumni, hear about career services and more. Please RSVP to Annette Loritz at aloritz@ben.edu or 630.829.1387 by Friday, October 10, 2014. See more details about the event here.


CAREER PEER EDUCATORS Present! Monday & Thursday, Oct. 13 and 16, 12:20-1:20
Birck Hall, Room 112; Lunch will be provided!

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend and meet the Career Peer Educator (CPE) for your college.Therese Porod (College of Liberal Arts), Salwa Nahid (College of Business), Kiran Munir (Colleges of Science and Education & Health Services) and Joey Frazee (Colleges of Science and Education & Health Services) will talk about their undergraduate experiences at Benedictine and how you, too, can best take advantage of Career Development's services and resources. They'll share with you ways in which you can effectively explore, experience, engage and emerge during and from your Benedictine education. Therese, Salwa, Kiran and Joey will present both on Monday and on Thursday. Join us for either date!

FALL INTERVIEW DAY, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashton Place, Willowbrook, Illinois

Calling all students in majors such as
accounting, auditing, finance, human resources, management, marketing, math, computer science and information technology! Excellent employers in the area with longstanding relationships with us and our consortium, the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA), will conduct 30-minute interviews for internships and jobs. These are positions you may seek to fill in the upcoming year.

20+ employers are hiring for 40+ professional positions and internships*!

  1. Create your profile or log on to ISCPA: http://collegecentral.com/iscpa
  2. Upload your resume giving plenty of time for it to be reviewed, revised and approved before Friday, September 26. Application period begins on September 15.
  3. Review all positions carefully and apply/submit your resume only to those positions you would accept if offered. Remember: You must submit a resume to each position in which you have an interest. Candidates will be notified of interview selection status. 

*Participating employers include: Acuity; Allstate Insurance; AON Corporation; BKD; CapinCrouse; Caterpillar, Inc.; CliftonLarsonAllen; Country Financial; Deloitte; Friedman & Huey; Hub Group; Illinois Tool Works; Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond; MB Financial Bank; McGladrey; O'Malley & Kwit; Porte Brown; ProviNET Solutions; Sogeti USA; State Farm; Wipfli (formerly The Condon Group).


Career Orientation - Thursday, August 28, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Birck 003 and 214
Career Development is conducting workshops for all students, Thursday August, 28th from 4:00 P.M. - 7 P.M. 
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m: Attend either "Writing a Winning Resume" in Birck 003 or "Navigating Your Virtual Career Center" in Birck 214. 
  • 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 p.m: Choose between "Making Your 'Major' Decision" in Birck 003, or "To Tweet, To Facebook, Or To Link In" in Birck 214. 

Following the workshops, come to the Crosswalk - Hallway connecting Kindlon and Birck for some refreshments, ask questions, and meet your new collegiate colleagues and friends.

RSVP's are encouraged by noon, Tuesday August 26th to 630-829-6041 or career@ben.edu

Student Employment Job Fair - Tuesday, August 26, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Krasa ABC

Attention Students! Are you looking for a job on campus? Be sure to attend the 1st annual Student Employment Job Fair! Find out about opportunities available and apply directly to departments on campus by submitting your resume. Come prepared with multiple copies of your resume and dress to impress.

This event is co-sponsored by Career Development and Personnel Resources. 



Student Life
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Julie Cosimo, Ed. D. Director
Career Development
Phone: (630) 829-6040
Fax: (630) 829-6043
E-mail: career@ben.edu

Krasa C enter, Lower Level Room 010
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m