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Recommended Presentations for US1100
These 50-minute introductory presentations are tailored to University Seminar’s first-year students. While these are recommended, you may also select any topic below or submit a customized presentation request.
Recommended Presentation Topics for Class, Student Organization, or Other Events
Identify your requested topic from the list below or suggest a customized topic.
**NOTE: A list of presentation topics can be found below. Customized or unlisted topics may also be available. The typical class presentation is geared for a 50-minute class time but can be adjusted for shorter/longer presentation lengths as needed.
- Overview of Career Services
- Career prep/readiness planning
- Preparing to transition from college student to the world of work can be challenging, confusing, and time consuming. Career planning is learning about one’s self and the world of work and then planning career choices based on what has been learned.
- This presentation is designed to help provide some suggestions to help showcase a student’s involvement within a major and the marketable skills learned in and out of class that are important to employers. It will also discuss other insider tips, such as obtaining an internship, doing volunteer work, participating in job shadowing, or conducting an informational interview with those companies/employers that interest you. These are all activities that can potentially lead to future employment.
- Creating resumes and cover letters
- The resume is one of the most important job search tools. A resume should effectively summarize a candidate’s education, experiences, and accomplishments in a way that demonstrates their qualifications for an employment position. A cover letter affords a candidate the opportunity to present themselves as the perfect candidate for a particular job.
- This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the purpose of these two documents, and to share tips for writing an effective resume and cover letter.
- Internships and job shadowing
- In today's job market, the importance of internships has increased for both students and employers. Employers now expect students to have engaged in some sort of career-related work before graduation.
- This presentation is designed to provide an overview of the benefits of an internship, steps to pursue and internship, and/or how to look for job shadowing opportunities.
- Graduate school
- Sometimes, even before a student has fully charted a career path, he or she will consider attending graduate or professional school.
- This presentation is designed to address things to consider when trying to decide on a graduate school or program (i.e. type, size, and location of the institution, cost of attendance, quality of faculty, specializations offered, facilities, and environment of the institution) and some of the steps to proceed in the application process.
- The job search process
- Employers are increasingly using the Internet as a recruiting tool. With regards to a job search, the Internet allows you to view job vacancies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can also communicate with professionals in specialized fields, research organizations, post your resume, and even apply online.
- This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the online job search process, to provide tips regarding the right preparation, and discuss possible websites to find jobs of interest. Online investigation is only one part of a smart job search strategy though, so Informational Interviews (i.e. talking to the people who work in the field) and networking will also be discussed.
- Using Jobs4Cats/Handshake (Texas State’s online job positing site)
- Jobs4Cats (powered by Handshake) is our online job database. Students and alumni have the ability to search for volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs (on-campus, part-time, or full-time), or learn more about our events and career fairs. Employers can post positions and engage with our Bobcat talent on campus.
- This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of Jobs4Cats (powered by Handshake), discuss the benefits of having a complete profile and how to maximize this tool for a career exploration and job searches.
- How to work a career/job fair
- Making a positive impact during a career fair is no easy task. When students are packed into a ballroom, or they are attending a virtual career fair, and competing with hundreds of other job seeking students for just a few minutes of a recruiter’s attention, it is crucial to show up prepared, ready to face the day with a smile, and knowing what it takes to distinguish themselves from the crowd.
- This presentation is designed to cover tips a student needs to know for in-person as well as virtual job fairs - from getting ready for the event, to making a great impression, and then following up afterward.
- Though it may seem awkward to approach someone you do not know, seeking career information is a very valuable job search tool. Remember, most people are more than happy to discuss what they do for a living. It is through your genuine interest in their job and career field that your questions will be answered.
- This presentation is designed to discuss the power of networking and tools/tips to use to help showcase the best self, be prepared to make a good impression, and to be remembered by a potential employer or job referral source.
- LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the internet. LinkedIn can be used to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills needed to succeed in a career.
- This presentation will discuss the benefits of having a complete LinkedIn profile and how it can help connect a student with opportunities by showcasing their unique professional story through experience, skills, and education, as well as how to use tools on LinkedIn to build a professional network. ** Note: this is not a workshop designed to show how to start/set up a profile on LinkedIn.
- Acing the interview
- The job interview is a mutual exchange of information. Think of the interview not as an interrogation but as a two-way conversation during which a candidate and the employer determine whether they meet each other's needs.
- This presentation is designed to share strategies and best practices to maximize the success of this conversation, whether it be by phone, video, or in-person.
- Professional image
- So what is professional image? A professional image is the set of qualities and characteristics that represent perceptions of a job candidate’s competence and character.
- This presentation will discuss how a person’s professional image - the image that one projects about themselves based upon appearance and reputation - can be conveyed as professional by the way a person dresses, the way they speak, the way they respond to others, their online image, and the way that others speak about them.
- Benefits and salaries: realistic expectations
- It is very common for new professionals to feel intimidated when negotiating salary, to not know how to answer desired salary or salary expectations on a job application, and/or to not understand the value employer benefits represent in a total compensation package.
- This a presentation is designed to provide a general discussion/overview regarding employment benefits, sites/resources to research job salaries, and how to tackle salary questions on applications or during interviews.
- Dining etiquette
- The point of dinner etiquette rules is to make you feel comfortable – not uncomfortable. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression – especially when interviewing for jobs. They are visible signals of the state of our manners and therefore are essential to professional success.
- This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of basic dining etiquette rules to help new professionals smoothly transition into a variety of workplace settings.
- The first-year professional
- “How can I make myself stand out when a lot of other applicants have more education and professional experience” is a question often asked by students about to graduate from college and head off to the world of work.
- This presentation is designed to offer some tips and skills needed to transition from college student to professional, and to discuss/demonstrate how one’s college experience provides numerous opportunities to develop skills that will lead to career success.
- Custom topic - enter in field below
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If you have any additional questions and/or need clarification on any of the above listed topics, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (512) 245-2645. Thank you.