Annual Career Week and Career Fairs Empower Students and Alumni

This past January 24 – 29, 2011, GSEP Career Services held its third annual Career Week, featuring over a dozen programs at all five campuses and attended by approximately 250 students and alumni
interested in cultivating their careers. “Career Week is an excellent opportunity for our students and alumni to gain valuable tips on promoting their professional brand, exploring career options, and networking with alumni and prospective employers,” said Yas Djadali, assistant director of career services.

The week kicked off with an inspiring keynote by Erin Rank (ma ’89), CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles, who spoke on creating a “Career of Purpose, Service, and leadership: What’s Behind Your Pepperdine Brand?” Popular work- shops addressed resume writing and interviewing skills, networking and leveraging social media, job search strategies, and technological skills for career suc- cess. “The ‘Right Your Resume, Nail the Interview!’ workshop was very helpful at teaching us how to adapt our resume and career pitch,” offered one attendee.

The “Careers in Higher Education Alumni Panel” and “Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Career Options Panel” were among the most popular programs. one student who attended the former said, “I enjoyed the diversity of the professionals serving on the panel, and appreciated that they answered our questions honestly and straightforwardly.” a student who attend- ed the latter described it as “Success 101.” The week concluded with a finale event at the California Yacht Club, with a special presentation on networking by former White house protocol officer Carrie Click (‘98, mPP ‘00).

To maintain the momentum of the skills development from Career Week, Career Services hosted subsequent career events in February at the West Los Angeles and Irvine Graduate Campuses. Nearly 200 students and alumni had the opportunity to connect with more than 50 employers such as the Educational Group Center for Community and family Services, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Center for Individual and family Counseling, the federal Bureau of Investigation, The Guidance Center, and the U.S. Department of State. “This was the perfect chance to meet and network with employers, not just for my practicum site, but for a future internship,” said one student. “The event was well organized, and supported by very helpful staff. Best of all, I was able to meet a variety of professional contacts in one setting.”

“Career fairs are a great way for students and alumni to meet prospective employers, whether for current opportunities or future prospects,” reiterated Djadali.

“With ‘networking’ being the number one employment search strategy, the Career fair provides a unique opportunity to gain face-to-face time with employers who already have a relationship with GSEP and who are interested in recruiting our candidates. In a tight economy, it is essential for students and alumni to take advantage of these opportunities to learn about different organizations and gain experience promoting themselves.”

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