Life After College Week

Recent grads at Commencement 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

Thank you to our wonderful speakers who took time out of their busy schedules to share their wisdom with the SPU community. 

If you missed a session or simply want to revisit what you learned, check the session listing below for links to handouts and slides.



Presentations

 

Marketing Yourself Into Your Next Job  
Determine Your Worth & Negotiate Salary
Did I Choose the Wrong Major?
Your Liberal Arts Degree Advantage
Is Graduate School for You? 
Women & Work Panel
Get LinkedIn!
International Experience/Study Abroad Panel
Successful Interviewing
Networking
Managing Your Money 
Dress for Success 

Marketing Yourself Into Your Next Job

In the competitive job market of 2015, college graduates must think of themselves as “products” that are being introduced to the jobs market-place. Marketing yourself skillfully, therefore, is critically important to landing your first post-college job. In this session you will learn to discern the value you offer prospective employers, to create a compelling personal narrative, to position yourself effectively in order to differentiate yourself from other jobseekers, and to raise awareness of your “product” by networking and conducting informational meetings that lead to job offers.

Elizabeth Atcheson, Career Coach with Blue Bridge Career Coaching, has been working with job-seekers and career-changers since 1997. She earned a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and has worked in advertising, marketing communications and research, and non-profit administration. She believes that strategy and marketing is central to the job search process and actively utilizes strategic and marketing concepts in her work with clients. 

 Currently, she serves on Stanford’s Graduate School of Business alumni board and has particular interest in entrepreneurship and organizational change. She also is the happy mom of two college-grad daughters in their 20s. www.bluebridgecoaching.com

Workshop Handouts
Informational Interview Tips
Informational Meetings
Your Personal Narrative and Positioning
Thank you

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How to Determine Your Worth and Negotiate Salary

Contrary to what you might think, salary negotiation isn’t a taboo topic – and there’s nothing magic about it. Find out how you can use easily accessible data to determine how much you should be making and negotiate a salary that reflects your worth. Aubrey Bach shares the best advice PayScale has accumulated from proprietary data, input from career experts, user success stories and her own experiences as a Comparative Literature major who managed to build a successful career.

Aubrey Bach

Aubrey Bach is the marketing manager at PayScale.com and oversees production of content about salary, higher education and career strategy. She is a recovering Diet Coke addict who grew up on the mean streets of Orange County, California, but since coming to Seattle in 2007 has embraced everything the city has to offer (except, of course, the weather).

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Did I Pick the Wrong Major?

Mere weeks into a declaring college major, days away from graduating, or even years into working, we may realize that what we thought we were called to do — doesn’t feel right anymore (or isn’t going to work out). In this presentation,  Lynette Bikos, PhD, presents strategies from the theory, science, and practice of vocational psychology that can assist in reframing, recalibrating, and refocusing our self-concept so that we can (a) cultivate, identify, and choose wisely from the paths available to us and (b) maximize meaning, purpose, and life satisfaction in whatever context we find ourselves.

Lynette Bikos

Lynette H. Bikos, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology and associate dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community at SPU.  She is a licensed psychologist and holds the designation master career counselor from the National Career Development Association. Her research falls at the intersections of vocational, international, and positive psychology. 

 She has served on the editorial boards of three research journals, has received multiple Presidential Citations from the APA’s Division of International Psychology, was recently awarded an appointment to a multi-institutional research consortium for study abroad, and is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association.

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The Liberal Arts Degree Advantage

The gap between a college degree and career success is getting wider — a fact that will continue to affect all college graduates for the foreseeable future. How much of an asset — or liability — will your liberal arts degree be? The good news is that your degree may be the best investment you’ll ever make in this age of increasing specialization, global competition, and unprecedented change. The sobering news is that you’ll have to take charge of your own future like never before. Attend this hands-on session to learn why your SPU education can set you apart, and how to create a plan for your future that is exciting rather than terrifying!

Denny Meadows

Denny Meadows is a product of a liberal arts education — which she still applies each and every day. As Meadows developed her professional passions, her career evolved from commercial banking to corporate finance to business strategy. 

After 13 years at Nordstrom corporate headquarters in various director and vice president roles, Meadows is now pursuing her give-back goal of helping young adults connect with their purpose. She is founder and career launch advisor at SilverFern Advisory, working with colleges, students, and recent graduates from across the U.S. Meadows has degrees from Amherst College and University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Is Graduate School for You?

What are the different types of graduate degrees? What’s the difference between masters and doctoral degrees in training and careers? When is the best time to apply? What makes for a good graduate application? Where can I find out about salary information associated with careers after I graduate? Come to this senior week session to hear Margaret Diddams, PhD, talk about the ins and outs of going to graduate school.

Margaret Diddams

Margaret Diddams is professor of industrial/organizational psychology and the director for the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.  She holds a BA in psychology from Wheaton College and her MA and PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from New York University. She has taught graduate students at SPU and at Columbia University for over 25 years.

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Women and Work Panel

Women, and especially college grads, have more exciting career opportunities than ever before. Come learn how you can launch your career, successfully navigate the unique challenges women face in the workforce, and balance family needs.

Shauna Causey

Shauna Causey began with the Seattle Mariners before leading teams at Fox Sports Net, Warner Brothers, Comcast, Nordstrom, Google, Decide.com and eBay. She is currently vice president of marketing for EveryMove. Causey hosted the first-ever Startup Weekend Women's Edition to encourage more women coders of all levels and age ranges to develop and launch their businesses. She was voted one of the "100 Top Women in Tech" by TechFlash and has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Bloomberg West, and Marie Claire Magazine as an e-commerce and startup analyst.

Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers

Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, has a keen interest in the subject of women in the workplace, having co-authored the paper, “Women Called: A qualitative study of Christian women dually called to motherhood & career.” She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and director of the Medical Family Therapy Program and instructor of marriage and family therapy at SPU. She is an international author, frequent speaker and blogger. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

 

Tara Hodges

Tara Hodges completed her BS in computer science cum laude at SPU in 2009, is married to an SPU alum and they have one son. Hodges has two advanced certifications from UW and works at Boeing in the IT Information Security department as an application security specialist.

She is currently living the work/life balancing act with full-time employment and raising a toddler, and will share her insights.

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Get LinkedIn!

From building a strong profile to maximizing its features and functionalities, come learn how to navigate LinkedIn to maximize your professional contacts and strategically search for internships and jobs.

Daniel Hallak

Daniel Hallak is an expert in job searching, career counseling, and résumé writing. Having worked in recruiting at Microsoft and in career advising through several colleges and universities, he practices everything he preaches as he models intentional career management and personal branding. 

Currently he is the professional development specialist for an innovative one-year master’s degree in management and social/sustainable business that transforms liberal arts graduates into highly polished young professionals. Hallak has coached hundreds of students, alumni, and seasoned professionals. He is working on his doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology at Seattle Pacific University, where he previously earned his master’s degree.

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Get LinkedIn!

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How International Experiences Impact your Life and Work

Curious about another culture? Interested in gaining an international perspective? Join us for an interactive conversation with SPU students and alumni who have journeyed to foreign lands to expand their education. Learn what it takes to have a successful study abroad experience, and how this experience may shape your career plans and life goals.

Panelists

Alisah Hilt ’15, European Studies — Italy, Austria, Germany, France
Joel Dejong ’15, Communications — China
Taylor Cline ’15, Psychology — Czech Republic
Jenica Baldwin ’13, Business — Thailand
Camille Wilson ’15, Psychology/Individual and Family Development — Spain

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Successful Interview Strategies

Learn how to make a powerful and professional first impression in this hands-on, experiential workshop. Look at your strengths, fine tune your “30-second commercial” and discover how you can share success stories that interviewers will remember and appreciate. Stand out, be remembered, and be ready for your next opportunity!

Margaret Nichols

Margaret Nichols is a career counselor at Bellevue College and a career strategist in private practice. She works with students and community members to create effective résumés, design impactful LinkedIn profiles, and create self-marketing plans that represent candidates’ strengths and career goals. 

Nichols holds a master’s in counseling from DePaul University, and is a licensed mental health counselor. Her popular presentations focus on job search strategies, and she is the author of The Art of Influential Leadership.

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Successful Interview Strategies

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Networking: Your Key to the Hidden Job Market

Have you discovered the hidden job market yet? If not, you’ll want to attend this workshop! Learn networking tips, communication strategies, and how to create an action plan for leveraging yourself to success. A quote from an English proverb sums it up best:“It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith is a consulting CFO to nonprofits and small businesses. She is a CPA, and holds degrees from Seattle Pacific University (BA – Business) and the University of Washington (MBA). She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of SPU’s School of Business, Government and Economics. 

Smith has recently taught accounting classes at SPU and says she enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and helping them fulfill their career passions.

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Managing Your Money

Need to pay back student loans? Manage a budget when you’re broke? Figure out your credit score? Invest for the future? This engaging and practical presentation will help you take control of your financial life.

Tom Neill

Tom Neill, CPA, is a graduate of the UW Foster School of Business. With 30+ years of experience in the audit and accounting field, he is passionate about helping young adults plan for financial success.

Workshop Handout
Student Financial Services Resource List

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Managing Your Money

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Dress for Success

This will be a practical and exciting look into preparing for post-collegiate success through careful management of your attire and appearance. You will learn techniques, tools, and tips to provide you with a blueprint to begin crafting your professional appearance.

Margaret Nichols

Raedene Copeland, PhD, is an assistant professor of clothing and textiles at SPU. She holds an MBA in addition to a doctorate in consumer, apparel, and retail studies. Her research interests include socio-cultural and professional influences on dress and behavior. She has worked in retail management and also served as a consultant to businesses and individuals on branding and professional development.

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Professional Dress Guidelines

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Dress for Success

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