Inaugural Career Month to aid student job search

For many seniors graduating in May, securing a good job is a top priority. The Career Center hopes to make that process easier with the help of its Career Month.

For the first time, The Career Center will be offering this program throughout an entire month — February — rather than just one week.

Career Month consists of a variety of programs aimed at helping all University students explore careers. The theme is “Find Your Career Path,” and the primary focus will be panels and roundtable discussions with professionals both within and outside the St. Louis community.

“We have a number of amazing guest professionals representing a vast array of career paths,” said Jennifer Kozak, communications and events specialist at The Career Center. “The program will enable students to explore all kinds of careers and consider opportunities they may not have known existed.”

The guests work in areas as varied as public policy, communications, the arts, health care, law, nonprofit and the international arena.

“The professionals are excited to share their career wisdom with young people just starting out,” Kozak said. “They will discuss what they do, how they got started and how to break into their field. They will also offer suggestions regarding the internship-and job-search process.”

Skill-building events will be offered on, for example, internship-search strategies at “Sophomore Saturday,” while managing a successful transition into the world of work will be discussed at the “Senior Seminar.”

Students will have opportunities to interact with employers at the “Pizza With Professionals” event, which, along with mock interviews and résumé critiques, will be offered throughout the month.

The capstone event will be the “Etiquette Dinner,” co-hosted by The Career Center and local employers, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Whittemore House. Students will learn how to present themselves in a professional setting and receive sound advice on the “do’s and don’ts” of dining etiquette, all while networking with local employers who will serve as table hosts. The $15 student fee for the event includes a three-course meal.

“Students won’t want to miss this opportunity,” Kozak said. “The events are always extremely informative, and this year we have an outstanding lineup of guests.”

Most events for Career Month are open to all University students, but a reservation is required for each event.

For a complete listing of events, times and locations, or to make a reservation, go online to or call 935-5930.

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