Workshops and Special Programs

 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 

All seminars will be held in the Office of Career Services (Fowler House) unless otherwise noted.  All times are p.m., unless otherwise indicated.  Select the session you would like to attend, and stop by Career Services, call 375-2303 or e-mail (careers@roanoke.edu) to reserve your space.  Although prior registration is preferred, unless noted, walk-ins are always welcome.  Students should always feel welcome to bring food if workshops are scheduled at meal times.  Recent grads, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend as well, but please pre-register. The Fall 2014 workshop schedule follows.   

SEPTEMBER

29        11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

29        5:30 - 7:00                  Interview Skills - First Impressions are Lasting Impressions                        

OCTOBER        

1          4:00 - 5:30                  Etiquette in the Workplace (West 210)

6          11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

8          11am-3pm                  Challenge Commerce Job & Internship Fair1/3

20        11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

27        11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

27        4:00 - 5:30                  Etiquette Dinner Workshop (Wortmann Ballroom)1/2  

NOVEMBER

3          11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

10        11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)

17        11:30am-12:30pm      Career Café (Colket Center Atrium)                            
1 Must register in advance in Career Services.  Specific deadline will be posted for each event.

2 Reservation for the Etiquette Dinner Workshop must be made in Career Services no later than MONDAY, OCTOBER 20.  Students on the college meal plan must pay a $4 fee, while non-meal-plan students must pay $8 for this workshop.  Maroon Card may be used for this purpose at the Cashier's desk in College hall, or cash or check may be used in Career Services. Bring receipt for payments made at the Cashier's desk to Career Services to complete your registration.

3 Held at The Kirkley Hotel, Lynchburg, VA.  Transportation available.  Deadline to register is OCTOBER 1!!!

4 Bring your laptop to this interactive workshop.


SPECIAL PROGRAMS 

CAREER FOCUS DINNERS:

 

This special program series is co-sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Workforce Education Advocacy Group and by Roanoke College, Hollins University, Ferrum College, and Virginia Western Community College. It is designed to bridge the gap between education and business. Each session takes place at the respective business site, and includes an informational program on career opportunities for college graduates within the industry and/or business, a tour of the business, and a delicious dinner provided by the sponsoring business. These programs provide excellent opportunities for students to network with area business leaders, as well as to find out what skills employers value in their employees. Details on each visit will be provided through email and WebAnnouncer each week during the time the series is offered, and they will be available in Career Services.  Sessions meet usually from 4:30 or 5:00 -7:00pm.  All current students and recent graduates are eligible to attend, though seniors and juniors will be given first priority. A very limited number of spaces is available for each program, and a Wait List will be developed for each. Students and recent grads are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as businesses must make plans with caterers for food needs and so on. Please register only if you are very serious about attending; "no shows" or last minute cancellations are not acceptable, as they use spots that other students could have taken, and they cost the sponsoring business because of catering costs they incur.  Fall 2014 schedule follows.

PROGRAM DATE NAME OF ORGANIZATION MAIN OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS
September 25, 2014 Bank of Botetourt business, accounting, economics, finance - POSTPONED - WATCH FOR NEW DATE!!  
October 23, 2014 City of Roanoke political science, economics, business, finance
November 6, 2014 Carilion Clinic health sciences, business, computer science, accounting, economics, finance

 

Questions? Contact Career Services as indicated above.  Limited spaces available and must pre-register through Career Services.


Roanoke College Career Nights

What are Career Nights, and Why Should I Attend? Career Nights are programs scheduled for some of our alumni chapter cities, based on interest as indicated by students.  They are held at times when students are not in classes on campus, such as Fall Break and Semester Break. These events are excellent networking opportunities for summer, part-time, and/or full-time jobs and for internships. The question we attempt to answer with the Career Night programs is "If I want to live and work in (city), what can I realistically expect?"

How Does a Career Night Work?  We ask that students and graduates register for the various Career Nights by specified deadlines. The Director of Career Services then works directly with an alumni committee in each chapter to put together the program based on student needs. We attempt to find alumni, parents, or other individuals closely connected to the occupational interests of the students who plan to attend in each city. The program consists of a panel presentation and question-and-answer period regarding employment in that city in general. Panelists are then available on an individual basis to talk with the students about specific needs and interests. Many times the panelists become mentors for the students for the remainder of their college years.

What Do You Have To Do To Attend a Career Night? Complete the registration form (available from Career Services and at these links:  Fall Break Career Nights RegistrationSemester Break Career Nights Registration). All students attending these programs are strongly encouraged to submit resumes in preparation for this event. A minimum of five students or graduates must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned.

When Are the Career Nights? Career Nights are usually planned during class breaks, such as Fall and Semester Breaks, when students are able to travel to various locations.  Each program meets 6-8pm at a location in the alumni chapter city area. Students and graduates may attend any or all of the Career Nights. They will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The specific location for each will be included in the packet of information given to all registrants. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of each student. Please call Ms. Toni McLawhorn, Director of Career Services, at 540-375-2303, or e-mail her at mclawhorn@roanoke.edu if you have any questions or wish to participate. (She would also welcome calls from those who might like to serve on a Career Nights panel!)

Update on Fall Break Career Nights:  The DC and Richmond programs will be held, though the date of the Richmond program was changed due to cancellation of Baltimore program.  Students and recent graduates may still register to attend either or both of these two programs, but the sooner the better!  

DATE LOCATION
Tuesday, October 14 Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 15 Richmond, VA
Monday, December 15 New York, NY
Tuesday, December 16 Boston, MA
Wednesday, December 17 Philadelphia, PA
Monday, January 5 Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, January 6 Charlotte, NC

Students and graduates may attend any or all of the Career Nights. They will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The specific location for each will be included in the packet of information given to all registrants. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of each student. Career Night information sessions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester to give students more information about these programs, and attendance is encouraged but not required. Please call Ms. Toni McLawhorn, Director of Career Services, at 540-375-2303, or e-mail her at mclawhorn@roanoke.edu if you have any questions or wish to participate. (She would also welcome calls from those who might like to serve on a Career Nights panel!)

*NOTE: A minimum of five students or graduates must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned.


AD2 PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY

2015 date TBAThe Portfolio Review is a chance for students to get a sneak preview of the real world. They will have the opportunity to meet with area professionals, who will offer their feedback, advice and support on their portfolios. The Portfolio Review will not only help students improve their portfolios, it will also provide them networking opportunities and help prepare them for future interviews. More details may be found at http://www.facebook.com/events/492432100804420/

Typically, portfolios include graphic design, illustrations or photography. Students are also encouraged to bring copies of their resumes with them.$30 registration fee; free to members ($50 student memberships to AD2 Roanoke include the registration fee, which will not only provide the opportunity to learn a lot from the Portfolio Review, but also be able to participate in many other AD2 events throughout the year.Students can purchase their tickets online or at the door, though the fee is a little higher at the door. Also please direct students to the AD 2 Facebook page and the Portfolio Event page at for more information. They can purchase tickets at this link http://ad2portfolioreview.eventbrite.com/. Ordering tickets in advance online will save the student some money as well.


If you have questions on any of the workshops or programs listed above, contact Ms. Toni McLawhorn or Mrs. Amy Foster in the Office of Career Services.

This page is maintained by: Toni McLawhorn,Director of Career Services mclawhorn@roanoke.edu

Last Updated: 9/29/14