Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Upcoming conference to prepare students for the marketplace
Oakland University is set to offer a free student conference to help students tackle the challenges of a highly competitive job market. The third annual Student to Professional Conference will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Oakland’s sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend and learn about a variety of job-related topics, including resume-building, interviewing, hiring trends, conflict management, networking, social media and more.
New this year will be sessions aimed at helping students prepare for graduate school. The event will feature four hour-long workshops led by Oakland business leaders and professionals from around the region.
“Our third Student to Professional Conference offers a chance for students to invest in their futures by gaining the skills necessary for a successful transition from college,” said Roberta Rea, conference co-adviser and academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The event will feature a keynote address from LinkedIn expert John Hill, which will focus on how students can use the LinkedIn site as a powerful resource to connect with potential employers. A pre-conference networking session, “Coffee with Chrysler,” will allow students to practice their networking skills with business professionals. “Coffee with Chrysler” will take place from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center.
The first 150 students to register and attend the conference will receive a free portfolio, t-shirt and other giveaways from the Chrysler Corporation. Students can register at oakland.edu/studenttoprofessional