Conference gives students networking opportunities

The Pre-Professional Conference is a conference for anyone in the College of Language and Letters that will take place Oct. 8, according to the Pre-Professional Conference schedule. Events will go all day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a keynote speech from President Clark G. Gilbert and Ron Carlson, an author of several novels and short stories.

Ron Carlson will be speaking Oct. 7 and again Oct. 8 in the actual Pre-Professional Conference, said Susan Garner, an academic and career counselor for the College of Language and Letters.

This year the Pre-Professional Conference will be comprised of the entire College of Language and Letters as opposed to previous years being mainly hosted solely by the English Department, Garner said.

“I really enjoyed the author that came, and it was nice to see the winners of the student contest read their pieces out loud to know what they were looking for if you wanted to enter,” said Lauren Baldwin, a senior studying English.

The panels that are available at the Pre-Professional Conference include internship panels, secondary education student teaching panels, law panels and general graduate school panels, Garner said.

“Many of the presenters are recent alumni that we’ve invited to come back,” Garner said. “They’re successful. We’ve invited them to come back to share what they’re doing now so that we can expand the undergrads students perspective on what they can do post grad.”

The College of Language and Letters encourages the Pre-Professional Conference to be a day event so students will go over to the career fair, Garner said.

Even though the Career Fair is mostly businesses, there are graduate schools there as well, Garner said.

After the career fair, there will be graduate school information sessions hosted by CLL Academic Societies, according to the Pre-Professional Conference schedule.

“The Pre-Professional Conference has four goals,” Garner said. “To increase satisfaction in one’s major; to take advantage of the resources, (internships, faculty mentors, alumni as mentors, career services) available to me as a student; to broaden my perspective of opportunities available to me after graduation and to increase my knowledge of the job market and current trends in the work world.”

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