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CGU Alumni Career Conference: Activate Your Career

June 14, 2014 @ 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT

2014 CGU Alumni Career Conference: Activate Your Career

Presented by the Office of Alumni Engagement

Whether you’ve just graduated, are in transition, or seeking to shift careers, this conference will provide you with the tools and motivation necessary to take the next step. Sessions will focus on techniques for an effective job search, enhancing academic portfolios, how to manage a career change, creating opportunities for PhD’s, and managing personal finance for early career professionals!

Open to all CGU alumni and summer graduates and free of charge
Register to attend by Thursday, June 12, 2014



8:30 a.m.

Check-in & continental breakfast


9:00 AM – 10:25 AM

EricksonMichelle1405lcm 300x300SESSION A: How to Create Your Own Opportunity

Michelle Erickson, Founder, PhDs At Work


There’s no well-trodden path for PhDs to follow as they transition to working in industry and other non-academic sectors. The good news? That means you have free reign to determine the next step in your professional career path. The challenge? It’s up to you to create your own opportunities. Together we’ll walk through three strategies for envisioning new career possibilities and the practical tools you need to create your own opportunity.


jackee_100SESSION B: Career Shift: When It’s Time for a Change

Jackee McNitt Engles, EMBA. Director, Executive Management Programs

Few people have the lifetime careers of our parents or grandparents – the kind where you go to work for an organization, work hard to achieve increasing levels of responsibility over a 30-year career, and finally retire with a handshake and a gold watch. Today’s workforce changes jobs every 2-3 years and careers multiple times in a lifetime. This workshop helps you to manage (and maintain control of) the process of career shifting – so that the changes you make are based on your conscious choices instead of happenstance or the whims of others. In this workshop you will learn about:

· The three most important elements for success in changing careers
· A tool to evaluate your desired career shift, what it will take, and it’s viability
· Tips to create a resume that markets your new career identity
· A technique for surfacing new opportunities within your desired career


10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Personal Finance: What Early Career Professionals Need to Know

Carl Martellino, Executive Director of the USC Career Center.

How do you begin to secure your financial future as a young professional? 
Do you know about budgeting, credit and saving? 
How do you invest in yourself through workplace retirement plans and personal investing?

Learn realistic and time-honored strategies to help you lay a strong foundation to be financially secure. In this session we will discuss different types of investments, 401 verses IRA, the magic of compounding and credit cards. Take charge of your financial future. Knowledge is power!


12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Complimentary lunch


1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

SESSION A: Academic Portfolios to Enhance Scholarly Careers

Shamini Dias, Ph.D

What’s an academic portfolio? Why do I need one? What’s included in it? This hands-on workshop helps you explore the growing importance of academic portfolios and best practices for using them strategically to develop your career as a researcher/scholar and educator. As part of this exploration, we will each create a draft sketch of our own academic portfolio.


SESSION B: Techniques for an Effective Job Search [Ideally for MA & MBA graduates]

Lucy Gutierrez, Drucker School of Management Professional Development Office

Long gone are the days of relying on newspaper ads and online job postings to see what opportunities are available. In today’s job market, competition is steep and employers are looking for the candidates who have it all. Learn how to effectively organize your job search and stand out among your toughest competition. Find out what employers are looking for and what resources are available to you that will help you make the right connections and understand the hidden job market to find your dream job.


June 14, 2014
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
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Claremont Graduate University
Burkle Building at the Drucker School of Management
Claremont, CA United States