Seminar Descriptions

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What is a seminar? A short presentation by Career Center advisors designed to help you with your career or
internship search. All students may attend - no experience required.

Getting Into Grad School
The process of applying to graduate school can be very confusing. This seminar focuses on the resources required and the ideal timeline to follow for a successful grad school application process.  You will learn tips for researching schools and programs, writing a personal statement, filling out applications, etc.

Build Your Resume
In this seminar you will learn the step-by-step process for creating and formatting an effective resume, including the four “rules” to writing a resume, what sections to include and how they should be ordered, how to fine-tune job descriptions, and the difference between a resume and a cover letter. Includes several resume examples.

Networking Know-How and Professional Etiquette Dinner
Professional skills are the cornerstone for getting and keeping a job. Issues discussed in this forum include how to enter and exit a conversation, how to work the room, etiquette basics, proper eating etiquette, professional dress/appearance, office etiquette, and networking.  Many interviews and business deals are now discussed over lunch, dinner or during professional socials; this seminar will also address typical concerns about how to act in those situations.

Using LinkedIn & Professional Networking for Career Success
Networking has always been an important part of an effective job search. Social networking websites have added a new dimension to the value of networking.  This seminar focuses on how social networking can be of benefit, and specifically, provides key techniques for utilizing the professional networking site, LinkedIn.

Strategic Interviewing
In this seminar you will learn practical, strategic ways to handle the interviewing process from beginning to end. Topics covered include researching the organization, understanding what employers look for in a job candidate, making a good impression (how to act, how to dress, etc.), answering difficult questions, and how to follow up after the interview.

Getting a Part-Time Job in Chico
Identify your job search resources, job search tools, and gain helpful hints on how to be successful at getting a part-time job in Chico.

Internships 101
Internships are a critical component of career preparation for most occupations. This seminar helps students understand what internships are all about and how to make the most of an internship experience. Students will learn when and where internships happen, how to get units (if necessary) for internships, where to locate internship openings, and other details important for internship success.

A Panel Presentation on International Careers
The Chico State Career Center will host an international panel of Chico State alumni, current Chico State students and others with successful international career and internship experience in a wide variety of countries.  Come listen to panelists tell their stories and offer advice about living and working overseas.

Acing the Writing Portion of the GRE
Presented by Carson Medley, Thesis Editor and Advisor for Graduate Studies and GRE Analytical writing Grader for Educational Testing Services

  • Analytical Writing Overview
  • Writing the Issue Essay
  • Writing the Argument Essay
  • Scoring Guide for the Issue Essay
  • Scoring Guide for the Argument Essay
  • Q & A

Career Fair Preparation Seminars
Have questions about what to do, what to say and how to act at a career fair? Career Center advisors and guest employers will share best practices for a successful career fair experience.

Job Search Strategies
If you are about to graduate, but don’t yet have a job, then this seminar will help you maximize your efforts to land a satisfying career position ASAP.  This seminar focuses on leveraging networking opportunities, goal setting and organization, utilizing temporary employment, optimizing career center resources and tips for keeping your job search skills in top shape in order to land your ideal job.

Teach For America
Teach For America is a national nonprofit that is working to put an end to the achievement gap. There are over 16 million kids growing up in poverty in America.  Only 1 in 13 children growing up in a low-income community will graduate from college. We know that this startling statistic does not have to be a reality. We put the most promising future leaders in underserved schools all over the nation and we see those talented college graduates becoming transformational teachers, putting their kids on a completely different trajectory. We offer a full salary and benefits as well as graduate school and employee partnerships for your transition from the classroom to whatever is next for you. You can find out more information here:

Green Career Forum
The Green Career Forum is open to students from all majors seeking career positions within the growing green job market. The Green Career Forum will provide students with insightful information regarding the range of job opportunities, skills required for an entry-level position, and the importance of volunteering and having an internship during college. The forum will consist of a power point presentation by each of the panelist as well as a question and answer session.