Perspectives on the future: A seminar on preparing for professional life at Valparaiso University

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 9:15 AM
125AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Teresa M. Bals-Elsholz, Valparaiso Univ., Valparaiso, IN

Colleges and universities nearly universally assist their students with career planning and post-graduate life through major and job fairs, academic advising, and career centers. At a liberal arts university, the choices at job fairs for meteorology majors are not always pertinent. Furthermore resumé designs from career centers do not always reflect a scientific leaning.

In response to requests to review student resumés, answer career questions, and an overall desire to prepare our students for post-graduate life, Valparaiso University Meteorology has offered a Professional Perspectives Seminar for over ten years. Topics include career choices, resumés, cover letters, handshakes, dining etiquette, and living alone in a new city.

The overall design of the course will be outlined. Evolution of key elements will be described, i.e., we now include how to address a physical envelope. Unique aspects of the course will be reviewed. Student responses to the course outcomes will be shared.