Career Decision Making: Assessment & Reflection
*Registration is limited to 30 students
Are you unsure of what you want to do after graduation? Learn how to make an informed career choice for yourself by participating in this hands-on workshop. Participants will engage in the completion of self-assessment exercises to identify their personality type, values and interests, and discover potential careers. Job search resources and strategies for researching occupations will also be discussed.
Facilitated by: Pauline Dawson & Kara Renaud of Career Services
Go Global: Adventures Abroad
Graduating and not too sure what your next plans are? With so many amazing international opportunities available, you should consider traveling overseas! We’ll explore programs that can get you working overseas, volunteering, teaching English and more. Maybe you’re just looking for a quick tour around Europe to celebrate graduation – we’ll talk about that too! In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Presenter: Christina Bosilo, International Services
Payback Time! Repaying your OSAP
Did you receive OSAP funding while you were at Brock? Join us for a presentation from the National Student Loans Service Centre to learn more about repaying your student loans, your six month grace period, and your choice of monthly interest rates. If you experience difficulty repaying your OSAP loans – there is help! We will discuss the support available to students through the new Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP).
Presented by: Don Dimaulo, of the National Loans Centre
Beyond the BA: The Value of College Graduate Programs
Meet with representatives from various community colleges (Conestoga, Niagara and Mohawk) as they share the value of continuing your education in a college graduate program, and discuss the many opportunities available at their respective institutions.
Presenters: Krista Woodhouse, Niagara College, Jason Humphries, Conestoga College and Kelvin Lee, Mohawk College
Smart Finish Conference Sessions:
Kick-Off Presentation: Employment 2.0, Being the Brand
Kick-Off Presentation will be held on Saturday, February 1st and will be presented by Allie Hughes, owner of Hughes & Co and she will speak about personal brand (online and off-line) and its importance in your employment journey. The presentation will discuss the progression from University to work and will highlight the following:
- How technology can provide you with a leg up in the employment market
- Powerful personal branding as a a success model
- Your personal branding online and offline
- Discussing the "extras" that set you apart in the job market
- Understanding life beyond the job boards
- Being realistic about goal setting and understanding the time invested is related to the results
- How an entrepreneurial spirit creates great business owners, but also ladder climbing employees
Presenter: Allie Hughes, Owner of Hughes & Co.
Resumes Do's & Don'ts: How to Stand Out
The focus of this session will be how to stand out as a candidate on your resume, HR Recruiters “Pet Peeves” will be discussed regarding the resumes they receive, and the basic Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes”. Samples of good and not so good resumes will be s presented. Presentation will be facilitated by Paddi Riopelle, a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), with over 24 years of experience, Paddi apprenticed in Human Resources with National Defense in Ottawa and London. Prior to founding HR Off-Site, she worked in progressively senior HR positions in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.
Presenter: Paddi Riopelle, Founder of HR Off-Site
Here's your chance to practice your networking skills in a structured, group format! In small groups, you'll have a chance to move around the room and chat with a variety of alumni and industry professionals, who will ask questions and lead the discussion in a stress-free, relaxed format.
Facilitated by: The Goodman School of Business, MBA Program
How Did They Get There? An Alumni Panel Discussion
Moderated by: TBA
Don't Push the Panic Button: Strategies for Managing Interview Insanity
Moderated by: TBA
Beyond the Bachelor: Exploring Further Education - Brock's Graduate Studies and MBA Programs
Have you considered furthering your education at Brock? This may be the time to do so. Representatives from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Business MBA program are on hand to discuss the 41 programs (and the options within!) that we have available. These options include course-based and research-based programs; co-op opportunities and full-time and part-time studies. We will also discuss funding of graduate students, obtaining professional business designations and the advantages that a graduate degree has to your future. Take this opportunity to ask questions, speak with Brock representatives and discover opportunities that you may not have considered yet!
Presented by: Ellyse Winters, Graduate Studies and Laurie Redford from The Goodman School, MBA Program