You're invited to the 2013 Student to Professional Conference.
The Student to Professional conference is a great way to learn how to make the transition from being a student to a professional in the working world. The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity to all students despite their major, class standing, or personal career goals, to network with local business professionals and improve their knowledge and skills to be successful in the future. Join us to explore multiple career related topics on Saturday November 9, 2013 at the 4th annual Student to Professional conference. Registration for this event is free and is open to all OU students.
Gold Rooms, Oakland Center
Rochester, MI 48309
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Registration and Kickoff: 11:30 am
Lunch with Keynote Speaker: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Conference Presentations/Sessions: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conference Wrap-Up: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Register For This Event
Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Student to Professional
Conference. Online registration is currently closed. Students are
welcome to register at the conference Saturday November 9, 2013
at the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center. Same-day registration will
begin at 11:30 am and the first 200 students will be admitted to the
Student to Professional Committee
Keynote Speakers: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Jocelyn Hodack and Janis Petrini from Express Employment Professionals
Generations in the Workforce – How multiple generations are coming
together in the workforce
Session 1 - 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Resume Ready: How to stand out against the competition
Jeff Kalinowski, Chrysler
At a first glance, what impression does your resume make? Employers
review high volumes of resumes daily for their positions. This session
will show you what it takes to have a fantastic resume and be noticed by
employers. We’ll cover what to include and leave out, including how to
accent and highlight your skills, knowledge and experience!
Networking 101: It’s not who you know but who knows you
Roberta Rea, Oakland University
Job seekers benefit greatly from using their personal and professional
networks. We’ll discuss how to get started with networking, learning to
be comfortable with the process, and staying professional in all situations.
Polish Your Professionalism: How to Shine as You Begin Your Career
Judy Martin, Oakland University
Find out about good business etiquette and faux pas that can make or break
your next interview, business lunch, or promotion. This session will
cover proper introductions, professionalism, and what it takes to be a
graceful and respected member of your team.
Graduate School: Is it the right path for you
This session will help you explore what graduate school can do for you. We’ll
cover topics including what careers require advanced degrees, the
benefits of continuing education versus jumping into the world of work
and how to research graduate programs.
Session 2 - 2:00pm- 2:50pm
How to Leverage Linkedin in your Job Search
Dawn Poteau, Chrysler
Learn how to use LinkedIn to build and leverage your professional network
and in your next job search.
Exploring your Options: How to research your career path
Find out about the limitless opportunities ahead of you, and which direction
is right for your career. This session will explore ways to help you navigate
the research and exploration process.
Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
Krista Malley, Oakland University
Learn how to resolve conflicts with co-workers and managers and how to set
professional boundaries and expectations. No one can avoid conflict, but
there are ways to handle the office gossips or team members not pulling
their weight. Gain insight into confronting these situations with finesse
I’m going to graduate school: how do I get in
This session will help you get started on a fantastic application to graduate
school. We’ll discuss when to start applying, writing standout personal
statements, how to ask for stellar letters of recommendation & what
to start doing now to prepare.
Session 3 - 3:00pm-3:50pm
Job Search Strategies: How to Achieve Success and Stand Out to
Matt Karrandja, Trialon Corporation
Job searching can be tough. Today, you can’t just sit at the computer and
apply for jobs on-line. You have to network, use LinkedIn and navigate the
hidden job market. In this session you will learn strategies on how to start
your search, tools and resources to use, and how to be motivated to keep
Investigating Internships: How to research options and explore
Heather Beach, Magna Powertrain
Fill in the blanks on your resume and build credibility by getting a taste of the
real world – and we’re not talking about fetching coffee or making copies.
This session will show you how gaining insight on potential job openings,
implementing job search strategies, and challenging your skills can change
your outlook and approach to scoring that perfect internship.
Building your Foundation: How to decide your next course of action
Elizabeth Kondrat/Jaclynn Croyle, Oakland University
Learn how to plan your college career to better prepare for your future. This
session will cover decision making strategies, goal setting techniques, and
A thousand options for graduate school: how do I choose?
This session will discuss graduate programs and how to select a program
that is best for you. You will learn how to compare the pros and cons of
various graduate schools and begin to look at graduate school in another
light. What will you gain by attending that particular school? There are
so many options out there for graduate school, which should you choose?
Which is the most important to you? Learn the differences and similarities
between the many options. This session will help you get started and
learn more about your options.
Session 4 - 4:00pm-4:50pm
Building your personal brand: Me, Inc.
Charlie Wolborg, Curve Detroit
Marketing yourself is essential. In this session you will write and deliver an
elevator pitches, and learn to communicate yourself and your goals to the
The Art of Interviewing
Michael Rea, Otterbase Staffing
Excellent interviewing is like creating a piece of art – you must be impeccable
, well-rounded and have the ability to impress. Candidates who can paint a
good picture of their skills and talents will succeed. This session will cover
the different types of interviews, how to respond to tough questions, and
when and how to negotiate.
Paul Day, Oakland University Credit Union
Do you find yourself struggling financially, living paycheck to paycheck, and
without any money in your savings account at the end of the month? This
session, presented by the Oakland University Credit Union, is aimed at
anyone who wants to take control of their finances, or for those looking to
improve the financial plan they already have in place. We will discuss
general financial topics such as setting financial goals, savings, budgeting,
and credit. You will learn about the tools that can help you improve your
financial situation, how to build good financial habits, and how to reach
future financial goals. No matter your income or current financial standing,
this session will serve as a guide to financial freedom.
Advanced degrees in health professions
Interested in pursuing professional school for health careers? Want to learn
helpful information about medical school, advanced nursing practice,
physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy and more? Be sure to join
us to hear OU alumni and experts discuss applying to these programs and
how to stand out in the admissions process!
Thank you to the steering committee for helping to make this year's
conference a success.