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Professional Development Labs for the Classroom

Career readiness upon graduation is a 4-year developmental process. Each of our interactive workshops can be customized for particular years and disciplines. Workshopsare 60 minutes, but can be tailored for 30-90 minutes.Contact Elspeth Rossetti, Director, to discuss customized presentations and resources for your syllabus. 408.554.4859


1. Let Your Life Speak

What brings you joy? Are you good at these things? Does anybody need you to do these things? This session begins with an icebreaker to discuss how students perceive the concept of vocation in their lives. We share alumni examples to reinforce the message that career opportunities are not limited by major and we engage in activities around the 3 key questions.

2. What do Community-Based Learning, Apple, and vocation discernment have in common?

The top employers of our alumni are Cisco, Apple, and Google. Students will explore the relationship between pressing needs in the world, their experiences in the community, and work in industry. We discuss the role of vocation in all types of work, how to evaluate corporate responsibility, and a framework for discerning vocation.

3. Translate Your Interests into Majors and Careers

This session focuses on an interpretation of the iStart Strong, to provide a framework for understanding how students’ interests align with particular majors and careers. Students engage in activities to articulate their interests and they use their laptops to research areas of study and occupations that align with their interests.


4. Translate Experiential Learning into Your Professional Profile

Students learn how to translate their internships, fellowships, CBL placements, immersion trips, and other experiential learning into accomplishment statements for their resume and LinkedIn profiles. Students will be able to describe their experiences with the skills employers value and they will learn how to communicate their professional message on LinkedIn.

* This workshop can be customized to translate students’ experiential learning into examples for interviews.


5. Job and Internship Search Strategies for Your Discipline

Students learn a customized approach for their job and internship search, including discipline-specific internship/job boards, networking resources, and alternative skill building opportunities (virtual internships, fellowships, etc.). The “real-time” lab allows students to identify target employers, set up “job search agents,” explore BroncoLink, and learn how to use LinkedIn.

6. LinkedIn 101

Over 70% of the employers who recruit SCU students use LinkedIn to source and recruit our students. In this “real-time” lab, students will learn how to network with alumni, build their professional profile, and search for jobs and internships on LinkedIn.

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