Students practice, learn professional behavior

Clarion, Pa.- Professional Development Day, hosted by Clarion University’s Center for Career and Professional Development, kicked off in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room last Friday.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., students of various majors lined up in the MPR to register for Professional Development Day. Any student could attend this event although it was aimed toward sophomores through graduate students.

Speakers at this event were from various organizations including KPMG, Petroleum Listing Service Logistics Services, Travel Centers of America, Northwestern Mutual, Clarion, Slippery Rock and Indiana Universities, and Butler, Clarion and Franklin Area School Districts.

Keynote speaker Ashley Longstreth began the event by speaking about her college experiences that helped her travel the path to success. Longstreth is a Clarion Alumna that now works with PLS Logistics Services as a national talent acquisition supervisor.

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Students and business representatives gather to discuss the future. An etiquette luncheon was a part of the professional development day.

After Longstreth’s speech, students begun the first round of informational segments. These segments were taught by professionals in business, education and career development. Students learned tips on interviewing and job fairs. There were also workshops on how to set up a LinkedIn account and write a cover letter.

Students gained the opportunity to learn how to be financially responsible; tips discussed included how to respectfully negotiate salaries in interviews and creating a budget to live comfortably in the real world.

The second session was similar, covering interviews, job fairs and LinkedIn, resumes and portfolios. The portfolio session taught students how to market themselves more efficiently.

From noon to 1:15 p.m., a professional luncheon took place. As students sat down to lunch, they were taught proper dining etiquette by a business professional. The lessons learned during the luncheon are intended to ensure students have memorable conversations and can act appropriately to avoid embarrassment.

Following the luncheon, two sets of job search 101 courses took place. The first was specifically for education majors and the second was for all other majors. These courses were designed to give students the skills they need to effectively search for jobs, using online job boards and many other tips. Both of these sessions, coupled with classes in financial responsibility and cover letters or resumes and portfolios, were repeated to end the day.

Students who successfully completed the workshops gained three different digital badges by the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Gold badge recipients were required to go to the Keynote speaker, both sessions in the morning, the luncheon and both afternoon sessions. Students earned the silver badge by attending the speaker, the luncheon and at least three of the other sessions. In order to get the bronze badge, students were only required to go to the luncheon and two sessions.

For students who were unable to attend the event is able to supplement Professional Development Series workshops on D2L. The D2L program contains recorded workshops, guest speakers, webinars and tasks that provide students with intermediate and advanced programming that enhance job and development skills.

Anyone interested in the supplements can contact Erin Lewis at Elewis@clarion.edu. Students who need career help can contact the Center for Career and Professional Development in 419 Becht Hall and at 814-393-2323.

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