To support college seniors and new graduates in gaining workforce readiness and career leadership skills, the Indiana Tech Career Readiness Certification program aims to work with Northeast Indiana employers to disseminate information and coach students in practical activities to build their readiness. Attendees will be trained in communication, professional identity & experience, career information literacy, and job search skills such as networking, social media, and the application process. Attendees will interact with employers through interactive seminars and workshops, students will gain knowledge of and practice skills in the following areas.
- Leadership Development: Students learn the qualities important to leaders in the 21st Century workplace and assess their own level of development and personal leadership style, setting goals and objectives to improve their areas in need of development.
- Professional Identity: Students develop an understanding of their professional strengths and weaknesses, working style, and workplace preferences and use these to evaluate their personal fit for specific jobs, employers, and professions.
- Professional Experience: Students apply their academic learning to a professional environment to strengthen understanding of their fields and to graduate with marketable experience.
- Professional Skills and Competencies: Students learn communication, and other transferrable skills most highly sought by employers, as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual Job Outlook Survey.
- Career Information Literacy: Students gain important career information literacy skills based on the Association of College and Research Libraries "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education."
To carry out the learning objectives, the program is designed to be very much participatory, teaching the importance and relevance of the learning outcomes to workplace success by providing opportunities for students to practice vital skills. Instruction will come from career development professionals and faculty, as well as leaders in business and government.
Indiana Tech has a strong working relationship with local and state governmental officials, and we anticipate their willingness to share their perspectives and wisdom.
The daylong event will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Andorfer Commons.
This event partially fulfills the requirements of the Indiana INdorsed certificate program! Special thanks to AT&T and NIHRA for supporting our event!
The day's schedule
- 8:00-8:45 a.m.
- Registration & Continental Breakfast
- 8:45-9:00 a.m.
- 9:00-9:50 a.m.
- Keynote Address
- Discussion Panel: Professional recruiters will discuss their experiences in finding the right candidate.
- 10:00-10:50 a.m.
- Presentation #1 - Professional Communication: Learn about the importance of strong résumés, cover letters, professional dress, etiquette and more.
- 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
- Passport for Success Interactive Session A
- 12:25-1:20 p.m.
- Lunch Presentation #2 - Leveraging Social Media in Your Job Search
- 1:30-2:20 p.m.
- Presentation #3 - Job Search Strategies & Career Literacy: Identify creative ways to find opportunities and prepare yourself for a career in your chosen field
- 2:30-3:50 p.m.
- Passport for Success Interactive Session B
- 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Presentation #4 - The Importance of Leadership in Career Readiness
- 5:00-6:00 p.m.