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Online Workshops - Short videos and pod casts on interviewing, resumes & cover letters, networking, job search and more.

Drop-Ins with Peer Advisors (Academic Year Only)
Please bring paper copies of the materials you'd like to review.
Monday-Friday, 11am-12pm and 2-4pm, Lazarus Center


Fall 2017 workshops

All are welcome, unless otherwise specified.



OCTOBER
Careers in Sustainability
Virtual Panel

Monday, October 16, 5:00-6:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Participate in a panel discussion with alums working in sustainability careers who will offer advice on their career paths, lessons learned, graduate school, and more.

SMITH WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7:00pm
Smith College Alumnae House Conference Hall
Students must RSVP by October 6.
Conversation & networking with: Pam Craig, former CFO, Accenture; Doris Meister, Executive Vice President, Wealth Management, M&T Bank; Donna Milrod, an independent board director of Cabela’s Inc.; Senior Adviser to McKinsey.
The field of business is incredibly dynamic and exciting, and affords endless opportunities for women to work around the world. It also empowers women to do well and do good through positive engagement with the community, and for promoting and sustaining a diverse workplace. Three powerhouse Smith alumnae and business leaders will share with you their insights on the changing landscape for women in the business arena, the power of mentoring, and how women can do well and do good. Sponsored by The Lazarus Center, the Office of Alumnae Relations, and the C200 women's executive leadership organization

LIBERAL ARTS AND TECH: You Don't Need to be a Computer Scientist
RESCHEDULED
to Thursday, October 19
12:10-1:00pm
Smith College Campus Center 103/104 (Note location change)
Pizza will be served.
Finding a job (and staying) in tech can seem both exciting and intimidating. People love tech for the potential scope of impact, fast pace, opportunity for creativity, flexibility, and generous benefits. If you've haven't always dreamed of working in tech, making your way in can seem intimidating without a computer science or engineering degree. But, tech needs and seeks liberal arts majors. Come meet alumna Heather Rothenberg '99, Director of Trust and Safety Research at Uber, to learn more about this field and the many non-tech opportunities just waiting for you.

Applying to Law School
Thursday, October 19, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of law school basics: when to apply, the LSAT, selecting schools and more.

Networking Made Easy*
Thursday, October 19, 4:45-6:00pm
Lazarus Center
By some estimates, nearly 80% of jobs and internships are found through networking. Learn the basics of networking and practice these skills with friendly, local Smith alumnae over light refreshments.
* RSVP in E-Access by Tuesday, October 17, at 4:30pm.

Liberal Arts and Business: A Conversation with Alumna Tracy Keogh '83
Friday, October 20, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Pizza will be served
Not all careers in business are in finance. And, the many exciting pathways available are a perfect fit for a liberal arts graduate. Come hear alumna and Psychology major, Tracy Keogh '83, to learn more about her career path, her advice on working in the field of human resources and business, and how you can do well AND do good.

Fulbright Alumna Presentation and Workshop
Friday, October 20, 12:00-1:00pm
Smith College Campus Center 003
Come meet and chat with Elena Farrar ’10 to hear about her experiences as a Fulbright Fellow in Malawi researching barriers to secondary education in the country where Madonna founded a school for girls. And how Elena got there through Smith’s Fellowships Program. Then how her Fulbright experience fueled her career trajectory. Today, Elena is a manager on the Foundation Partnerships team at Unicef USA and a Director on our Alumnae Association Board. Elena also founded Masomo Mashinani Foundation in Nairobi, a program linking Kenyan university students as mentors to primary school students. Pizza and lemonade will be served.

Personal Statements for Graduate & Professional School
Monday, October 23, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Does the thought of writing a personal statement for graduate or professional school make you panic? Relax and attend this session on crafting a winning personal statement.

Finding Government and Public Policy Jobs and Internships
Virtual Panel

Monday, October 23, 4:30-6:00pm
Campus Center 205
Alums working in government and policy will describe their career paths, offer advice on finding jobs and internships, and discuss related grad school options. Participants should bring three questions to ask the speakers. A handout summarizing resources for your job or internship search will be emailed to those who attend.

Cover Letters Made Easy
Wednesday, October 25, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn to write cover letters employers will actually want to read. This workshop will help you tailor cover letters to specific jobs or internships.

The Art of Small Talk
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30-8:45pm
Campus Center 103/104
Grades and hard work will take you far, but your ability to expand your network through small talk will make a critical, immeasurable difference to your career - and is a vital leadership skill to boot. In this workshop, you’ll learn and practice tools for effective small talk, and learn how to convert seemingly random conversations into new connections and opportunities. Hosted by Rachel Simmons and co-sponsored with the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Ice cream sundaes will be served.

Resume Writing for Ada Comstock Scholars
Thursday, October 26, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn how to write and format a resume that effectively markets your diverse experiences in the classroom, workplace, and community as you apply for jobs and internships. Cover letters will also be discussed. Bring your questions, and if you like, a current resume to share.

Summer Jobs and Internships for STEM Students
Friday, October 27, 12:15-1:00pm
McConnell 103
An overview of specific resources and techniques for securing a summer position in the STEM field. Students of all class years are welcome to attend. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, October 27, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications. This workshop will be offered again on 12/1.

Tell Me About Yourself

Monday, October 30, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
"Tell me about yourself" is the most typical first question you will get in an interview. And, because it's the first one you will get, it's the most important one to know how to answer. This workshop will walk you through how to best answer it, and get your interview off to a good start.

NOVEMBER
Using J-Term to Launch Your Career
Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out what steps students of any class year can take during J-term to move ahead in planning for the future. Create a timetable of goals that works best for your needs.

Career Development for First Years
Friday, November 3, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Get simple, practical steps to help you start exploring career options now, and a timeline for building career planning into your four years at Smith. In addition, you’ll be introduced to the Lazarus Center for Career Development’s many programs, events, and services.

Working Abroad
Monday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of tools and resources for working, interning, and volunteering abroad.

Preparing for Fellowships
Tuesday, November 7, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Get in on the ground floor to position yourself for the exciting wide world of prestigious and lucrative fellowships. The opportunities offered promise to be life-changing. Begin preparing early in your college career to acquire the winning attributes. We will show you how! Come learn now what’s on offer before your chance slips by. Open to US citizens with a GPA of 3.4+.

How to Start a Job Search When You Don’t Know What You’re Looking For
Wednesday, November 8, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
It can be difficult to invest time and energy looking for a job if you aren't sure what you want to do after graduation. However, having a clearly-defined professional goal is not a prerequisite for finding great professional opportunities. This workshop will offer exercises and strategies to help you get unstuck and ready to take action in your search.

I Can Be a Scientist in the Army? Career Talk with Allison Brager, PhD
Friday, November 10, 12:15-1:30pm
Campus Center 103/104
Dr. Brager is a neurobiologist with the US Army (active duty) with expertise in sleep and circadian rhythms, and is based at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD. She contributed to the first edition of the NCAA student-athlete mental health handbook to include recommendations for better sleep hygiene. She also consults with US Olympic, high-level collegiate and professional sporting teams in preparation for travel and to create sleep-friendly environments, and is the author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain. Pizza will be provided for the first 20 students.

Job Search for Seniors
Monday, November 13, 12:15-1:00pm
Campus Center 205
Learn to create and follow a search plan that works for you. We’ll cover job search strategies and resources, how to stay motivated during the search, application processes and timelines, and attributes to look for in your first professional role. Networking basics will be covered.

Winning a Fulbright
Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Spend a year in one of 160 countries after graduation, conducting a research or arts project, studying for a master’s degree, or assistant-teaching English. An unforgettable experience to inspire the rest of your life and open doors to a meaningful future. Join the hundreds of Smithies who have become part of our winning college tradition. This chance of a lifetime is magnified by Smith’s highest-in-the-nation success rate. Open to US citizens with a GPA of 3.5+.

What Am I Going to Do with my Major? For Adas and Sophomores
Wednesday, November 15, 4:30-5:30pm
Campus Center 205
Learn how to market any major to potential job and internship employers. Find out where Smith alums have taken their liberal arts training to organizations across all sectors and locations.

The SkillScan Assessment*

Thursday, November 16, 3:00-4:30pm
Campus Center 204
The Skillscan tool provides a fast, interactive and intuitive-based process for identifying transferable skills - knowledge essential to targeting appropriate career & internship options as well as majors. Learn what industries value your unique skills and how to target them in your search.
*RSVP in E-Access by Monday, November 13.

Finding Summer Jobs & Internships
Friday, November 17, 12:15-1:00pm
Campus Center 205
Learn about the many resources for finding opportunities, including the Lazarus Center’s E-Access database and other search tools. We’ll also cover typical application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and discuss the Praxis funding program for unpaid internships.

British Isles Fellowships
Tuesday, November 28, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Earn a master’s degree at a university in the British Isles the year after graduating. Learn what it takes to win one of these most prestigious fellowships. Open to juniors with a GPA of 3.9+ and potentially sophomores and first-years with a 3.8+ GPA. This includes international students for the Gates, and for the Rhodes if offered in their home country.

DECEMBER
Senior Job Search for STEM Students
Friday, December 1, 12:15-1:00pm
McConnell 103
An overview of resources and strategies for job hunting in the STEM fields. Although geared to graduating seniors, students of all class years are welcome. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter

Friday, December 1, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Fulbright Alumnae Panel
Tuesday, December 5, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn about the Fulbright from two Smithie Fulbrighters who say the experience was the best year of their lives! During this virtual panel, you will hear from Helena in Bulgaria, where she has been asked to stay an extra year to teach English, and from Izzy, who is working at NPR in DC after a year in Germany on a journalism grant researching free speech through stand-up comedy. Bring your questions for this informative, first-hand look at Fulbright Fellowships.

Personality, Majors & Careers: MBTI Workshop*
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Explore your personality preferences using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Find out how your type relates to academic and career satisfaction and learn how to explore careers and fields of study that might be a good fit.
*To participate, RSVP in E-Access AND return a completed MBTI answer sheet by Friday, December 1, at 4pm. MBTI packets are available at the Lazarus Center reception desk.

 

Disability accommodations

To request disability accommodation for on-campus events, please call (413) 585-2582. Two week advance notice is appreciated.

To request a sign language interpreter call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail ods@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.


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