Seminar Descriptions

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 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.

Managing an International Life and Career

Want to travel overseas?  The Chico State Career Center will bring the world to your doorstep by hosting speakers who will share their experience abroad.  This informal conversation will highlight speakers' successful international career and internship experience in a variety of countries.  Come listen to their adventures and 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

These are casual events, where we answer all your questions about the day, like what to wear, what to bring, what to say and everything in between.  No, you don’t need to stay the whole time, and yes, you can come late. Career Center advisors and guest employers will share best practices for a successful career fair experience.

Education Hiring Fair Preparation Seminar

This is a casual event, where a Career Center advisor and local school administrators answer all your questions about the day, like what to wear, what to bring, what to say and everything in between.

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.