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Career Services overhauls workshops to better prepare students

Career Services hosts a seminar in Levinson Hall about branding your company. 29.03 Photo by Holly Diller

Career Services’ next Career Workshop will be held Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. in Stratton Hall and will focus on the changing dynamics of careers in the 21st century.

The speaker for the workshop will be Jason Broughton, outreach coordinator at the South Carolina State Library. Broughton has spent a large part of his career working to reduce unemployment in the state, and for this presentation, he will be speaking about job prospects and trends in today’s corporate climate.

This new series of workshops kicked off Sept. 17 with Dan Rundle, CEO of Worthwhile, a Greenville web and mobile application company, speaking on building a personal brand.

This speaker and topic demonstrate what Career Services is hoping to accomplish with the freshly rebranded Career Workshops.

In the past Career Services’ workshops were primarily focused on recurring topics like managing a LinkedIn profile or building a resume. While these types of workshops will still be offered occasionally, Career Services wants the new workshops to focus on knowledgeable guest speakers talking on specific subjects.

“We want the workshops to be enriching for students from semester to semester,” said Erin Kimbro, the office assistant for Career Services.

“For students who may have gone to past workshops, we want the next ones to also be valuable for them.”

A key feature for the Career Workshops will also be question and answer time when students can ask questions of the guest speakers.

Students interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at the BJU Career Services Facebook page. Liking the page will also get students access to helpful articles on all sorts of career-related topics.

The department also has Instagram and Twitter accounts, which can both be found at @bjuCareerServices.

In addition to the overhauled workshops, the department also offers Career Labs, a feature that allows faculty members to schedule specific times for their class to receive Career Services’ assistance with resumes and LinkedIn.

“These times will accommodate bigger groups,” Kimbro said. “Of course students can always stop by the office for help, but some may feel more comfortable in a group setting.”

Career Services will also hold their own open labs, which will be accessible to all students. The first of these scheduled labs will be on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in a yet to be determined location.

Kimbro also encourages any professors interested in scheduling a lab to contact the Career Services office.

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