Mind Your Career Spring Break Series with UChicagoGRAD
Daily presentations Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25
Join us during UChicago's spring break for a week of professional development webinars hosted by Alumni Career Programs with guest presenters from UChicagoGRAD. These sessions on career exploration and preparing for a successful job application process, including interviewing and networking, will help refresh your skills and get you on your way to taking the next step in your career. A summary of each session and registration link is below. Register for one or all five!
Monday, March 21: Career Exploration presented by A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD
There’s a difference between a job and a career, but it’s easy to conflate the two. It’s equally easy to assume that career exploration starts by trying to locate your dream job description on any number of job search engines. But there are better tactics that involve considerations of your preferred work environments, passions, skills, and requirements. In this kickoff webinar to a week of career discussions, join UChicagoGRAD for a conversation about how to start your career search in a way that helps lay the foundation for your success. The webinar will be presented by A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD, and is tailored to alumni of graduate programs, current graduate students, and postdocs at the University of Chicago.
Tuesday: Getting to the Interview: A Look at Best Practices for Resumes and Cover Letters with Josephine Cai, Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development for UChicagoGRAD
Whether you are looking for your next challenge or to change careers, a well-crafted resume and cover letter will help you get noticed by employers during your search. Brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your job documents, from how to craft your bullet points to the highlights you should mention in your cover letter. Led by Josephine Cai, Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development for UChicagoGRAD, join us for this presentation which will have you looking forward to landing that interview for your dream job.
Wednesday: Prepping for Success in the Interview presented by A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD
This presentation will teach you to plan, prepare, and practice in order to perform your best in your next interview. This will review some of the most common interview questions to expect, techniques for structuring your answers, and tips for feeling confident walking in. Attendees will be guided through the interview preparation process from start to finish and will have an opportunity to answer their questions along the way. This presentation will be hosted by Celina Chatman Nelson, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development and Diversity and Inclusion at UChicagoGRAD.
Thursday: Networking through Cold Calls and Emails with Michael Tessel, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations for UChicagoGRAD
This webinar will demystify part of the networking process. Our presenter, Michael Tessel, Associate Director, Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations for UChicagoGRAD, will lead you through the process of networking cold calls, emails, and informational interviews. You will learn who you should reach out to, what you should ask for, and how to follow up. Join us for this webinar to simplify the process and get your networking questions answered.
Friday: Negotiation presented by Emily Easton, Associate Dean of Students, Physical Sciences Division
Negotiation is the final stage of winning a job—yet it’s often overlooked. Job candidates are so elated to receive an offer that they often feel like negotiation is inappropriate. But negotiation is an important element of the job process and is expected by most hiring manager. In this webinar, learn strategies for tactful and diplomatic negotiation, as it’s important to both understand what you are worth as a job candidate and how not to alienate individuals who will soon be your managers!
If you are unable to view the webinars taking place during the week of March 21, a recording of each session will be available in the Webinar Archives by the week of March 28.
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13