By Verones Padilla
SC Staff Writer
Nine ESU seniors attended the PSECU Senior Transition Conference in Harrisburg, PA the weekend of March 29.
The annual conference, which is organized by Mansfield University, brought together seniors from six universities to network with professors and learn skills needed for the workforce not traditionally taught in the classroom.
“I learned a lot at the conference. I learned how to write an effective resume, how to leave a good impression at an interview and how to use social media as a networking tool,” said Tom Adelberger.
The conference was broken up into several concurrent sessions covering topics like alternatives to the workforce, evaluating benefit packages, appropriate uses of social media and finance issues important to recent graduates.
Students could choose which workshops best suited their specific needs and interests.
The workshops also covered issues like dinning etiquette and adjusting to a new community.
The Keynote speakers, Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, spoke to students about the importance of following a passion. The two men filmed “The Dream Share Project,” a documentary that followed their journey across the country meeting successful people and learning their stories.
“The most impacting thing I learned from the conference is to really follow something you are passionate about,” said Vanessa Dorian.
The cost of the conference and transportation to and from Harrisburg were covered by ESU. The only cost incurred by students who attended was hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn and one meal.
While Daria Wiebelinksi, Director of Career Development, was very proud of the students that attended, she hopes that future conferences attract greater student participation. She firmly believes opportunities like this conference further strengthen a graduate’s prospects of landing the job they hope to acquire. The students who attended the conference agree.
“The conference has benefited me with valuable knowledge that will contribute to the success of my professional career. The networking social session not only informed the students how to correctly network with other individuals, but it applied this knowledge with real time experience,” said Bart Rosol.
The conference has already shown results for Rosol.
Rosol followed up with a representative of Nationwide Insurance and has been invited to discuss future opportunities with the company.
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