Upcoming Workshops: Week of June 23

Please make sure to RSVP on STARR Search to guarantee a seat!


1) small talk 2: It’s a BIG DEAL!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30pm

2-190 NVC

In this workshop, we expand on the importance of learning basic small talk skills as discussed in part 1. In this two-hour workshop, students will learn more advanced small talk techniques and how they can be applied to various situations ranging from job interviews to social events. Students will benefit from seeing these skills acted out for them before practicing them in groups. Note: you do not have to attend Small Talk part I in order to attend this workshop.

2) Finding Your FOCUS

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:00 pm – 4:30pm

8-140 NVC

Are you concerned about choosing a major and or career? This workshop will help you Find your FOCUS. This hands on session will walk you through FOCUS 2 Online Career and Education Planning System. Come discover how the career assessments, up to date industry information and “what can I do with a Major in X” tools on FOCUS 2 will help you successfully navigate your college and career journey.

3) Researching a Company

Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30pm

2-190 NVC

Research can mean the difference between knowing enough to apply and knowing enough to actually lock down a job. Come to this workshop to learn how to improve your research skills!

Upcoming Workshops: Week of June 16

Are you enjoying your summer in class, at work or at home? Regardless of where you are, you can always come and benefit from these workshops. Please make sure to RSVP on STARR Search to guarantee a seat!


1) Mandatory On Campus Recruiting Workshop

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30pm

2-190 NVC

A program designed to help JUNIORS and SENIORS get a jumpstart on their careers.

Attend this event and get information on:
o The on-campus recruiting program
o Effective Job search strategies/presented by corporate representative




2) small talk 1: It’s a BIG DEAL!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 pm – 2:30pm

2-190 NVC

Small Talk: Crucial for Corporate Success. This workshop is designed to help you improve your communication skills and learn to make small talk in professional and social settings. This is an hour and a half experiential workshop. During this workshop we explore the importance of social skills in “making it” both in corporate and social environments. Have fun while learning and practicing small talk techniques.


3) Mastering the Job Interview-Basic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:00 pm – 4:30pm

2-190 NVC

How do you prepare a personal pitch? How do you respond to challenging interview questions? What questions should you ask and avoid asking? How do you close the interview? Attend this workshop and learn the steps to follow before, during and after the interview to increase your chances of landing the job you want.

How To Be Productive During the Summer

By Jiaxin Karen Lu, Peer for Career, Starr Career Development Center

After tackling a series of final exams, here comes summer! College students love summer because they get three months of free time which they could use for vacation, socializing with friends, or catching up on any great movies and books that they have put off during the busy academic semester. Besides rewinding and relaxing your mind and body in summer, it is also important for us to realize that summer can be a productive period which we can utilize to prepare for the upcoming fall semester, such as by taking one or two summer classes, interning at a company you like, getting more well-rounded by reading news and books daily, and researching the companies you are likely to apply to in the fall.
If you have an internship in summer, make the most of it by being a diligent worker. In addition, writing internship diaries at the end of the day will aid in the learning process. In the internship diary, make sure you capture the main responsibility you have been assigned and make sure you know the steps of completing the important tasks. Make yourself available as much as possible at work, and let the supervisor know that you are accountable and responsible to them by regularly updating your current progress on any projects you do. Essentially, make repeated efforts to show that you are an asset to them by contributing to the department to the best of your ability.
Secondly, if you happen to be juggling a part time internship and summer classes, your time management and ability to prioritize will definitely come into play. Since classes are accelerated during the summer, you will have to be on top of the materials by constantly reviewing notes and reading textbooks. Taking summer classes is a great way to learn subjects of interest that you might otherwise not have time for in the fall or spring semester.
Thirdly, summer is also a great time to get to know any companies of interest in more depth. Browse the companies and stay on top of their current events such as addition or change of service lines, involvements in the community, or expectation for the new hires. In addition, to better prepare ourselves for the fall semester, we can hone our transferable skills by attending the workshops offered by SCDC, such as Small Talk, Mastering the Job interview-Basics, Researching Companies, etc.
It’s important for us to be aware that summer is a great time for us to continuously make progress on our academic and professional journey. Taking the time to relax while still being productive in internship, work, and class prepares us better for the fall semester and will definitely give us a leg up in a competitive and fast-paced environment.