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Focus on your future with the help of career week

Emily Hepner
Features Editor

Photo Courtesy (millersville.edu)  The office of ELCM is here to help you prepare for your future career.
Photo Courtesy (millersville.edu)
The office of ELCM is here to help you prepare for your future career.
In the classroom, we as students are given a wealth of knowledge on our academic field of study. But how do we put this information to work outside of the classroom? What is a career and how do you land on the right one? If questions like these baffle you to no end, visit Career Week hosted by the office of Experimental Learning and Career Management (ELCM).

“We want our students to succeed, not just in their academic coursework, but after they graduate”, explained Director of ELCM, Melissa Wardwell. Career Week spans across the week of Feb. 16 – Feb. 20, offering eleven activities and workshops on internships and job opportunities, interviewing tips and other useful advice for students to attend for free. Wardwell believes that by attending Career Week, “students from all class levels will be better enabled to take advantage of experimental learning opportunities, like internships and community service, and they will also learn to how to articulate what they have learned from these experiences to prospective employers or graduate schools.”

Photo Courtesy (millersville.edu)  Dr. Stacey Irwin will be providing students with the information they need on how to create a digital self through social media.
Photo Courtesy (millersville.edu)
Dr. Stacey Irwin will be providing students with the information they need on how to create a digital self through social media.

One workshop that Career Week is offering is important to all students regardless of what year the student may be in: managing your social media profile or “protecting your ‘webutation.’” Millersville’s own professor, Dr. Stacy Irwin, will be hosting a workshop that informs students on how to brand themselves professionally over social media. “Your potential employers will search you on the web. This is a given,” explained Dr. Irwin on the importance of having a more professional web presence. By having a professional profile on Twitter or Facebook, this will give them the information they need about you without having to dig any deeper into the web. “As you shift into the job market as an intern or new professional, you need to shift into a more-versatile digital self,” said Irwin. You can learn how to develop your “versatile” digital persona more at her workshop Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. This event is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), so make sure to have your smartphone, tablet or laptop with you.

Career Week 2015
Monday, February 16:
* Your 30 Second Commerical, Noon-1:30 p.m., SMC Room 118
* Dress For Success Fashion Show, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., SMC MPR
Tuesday, February 17:
* CPEC Job & Internship Fair, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
* Protecting Your ‘Webutation’, Noon-1:30 p.m., SMC Room 118
* Build a Winning Resume Part I, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.,SMC MPR
Wednesday, February 18:
* Internship Inquiry-Everything You Need to Know About Internships, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SMC Room 118
* Volunteer Year of Service Programs and Careers 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.,SMC MPR
Thursday, February 19:
* The Federal Employment Process,Noon – 1:30 p.m.,SMC Room 24
*Learn About The Wounded Warrior Project, their Mission and Programs, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.,SMC Room 24
*The Interview – What Do Employers Really Expect From A Job Candidate During Their Interview, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.,SMC MPR
Friday, February 20:
*Networking @ Noon,Noon to 1:00 p.m., Bedford House

If you are unable to attend Career Week, ELCM is always there to offer advice. “We are dedicated to helping students apply knowledge and skills in ‘real-world’ settings and prepare for success in their career and professional life,” stated Wardwell. The ECLM is located in Bedford House if you are interested in internship and career services, and Huntingdon House for information on community service and volunteer central.

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