New Program Launches Tomorrow's
– Students from six Penn State campuses, including DuBois, learned ways to put
their career launch into overdrive recently during an all new program in
Pittsburgh. The students attended the inaugural Leader Launch Professional
Leadership and Career Conference on a January weekend at the Doubletree Hotel
in Downtown Pittsburgh. The program is
targeted at juniors and seniors. It
provides workshops specifically aimed at helping these budding professionals find
jobs and start careers right out of college, using the skills they've developed
while earning their education. They also
had the chance to meet with recruiters from such high profile organizations as
from six Penn State campuses attended the conference. Available workshops
provided tactics for improving skills in areas like professional communication,
networking, etiquette, leadership, and more.
goal of this event is to make sure our student leaders acquire the
communication skills and others skills necessary to obtain jobs when they
graduate," said Penn State DuBois Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Marly Doty. "Our student leaders
have invested a ton of time in their experience outside of the classroom and we
want them to be as marketable as they can be to employers when they
addition to workshops, the students participated in impromptu interviews, an etiquette
luncheon, networking with employers, and skill sessions.
launch was a great experience and I am honored to have had the opportunity to attend
the conference," said Jordan Eisman, an upper class senator in the Student
Government Associations and co-chair of the Penn State DuBois THON
went on to describe what she gained during Leader Launch, saying, "During
the conference I was able to network with many different employers who gave me
valuable advice and information on how to enter the workforce after graduation.
I also attended many educational sessions and presentations that taught me
skills such as how to be an effective leader, how to present myself
professionally, and how to act during an interview. I left the conference with
a much different outlook on the future and the job market. I am confident that
I have many skills and experiences that will help me get a job and continue on
my path to success."
Courtney Mullins had a similarly exciting experience. She said, "Leader Launch was much more
than I expected; it provided extensive and personal opportunities to network
and connect with recruiters, employers and CEO's of companies from the
Pittsburgh area who were more than willing to give you the insight on how to be
successful in the real world. While I was driving home after the conference, I
thought to myself, 'Courtney, you can really do this.' I feel so confident and
motivated to do more networking and I would not have been able to have that
feeling without attending this conference."
Penn State DuBois student Jessica Metzger, Leader Launch felt like a life
saver. "I learned the dos and the
don'ts when it comes to communicating in the work place," she said. "I was interested in learning about some
words that are completely acceptable and common in everyday conversation but if
used in the work environment they can downgrade you. During this conference I
learned I still have a lot of things to do before I graduate and try to enter
the working force with my degree. Without attending this conference I wouldn't
have noticed areas where I'm unprepared, and it helped steer me in the right
direction to get me ready to enter the work force."
Services and Student Life Professionals at Penn State hope to turn this first
Leader Launch program into an annual event. The feedback from those who attended this inaugural conference show that
a yearly opportunity would be embraced by many students, like Mullins. She said, "The team did a fantastic job
for this being the first Leader Launch for Western PA Campuses and I
can't wait to see how this conference expands in the future. Anyone who has the
opportunity to go to a conference like Leader Launch should take it and run
with it; you will thank yourself for going outside of your comfort zone and
getting to network with many professionals and companies."
who attended Leader Launch along with campus staff members pictured, left to
right, are: Marley Doty; assistant director of student affairs, Courtney
Mullins, Jordan Eisman, Jessica Metzger, Laure Metzger, Anna Akintunde; Career
Services Coordinator, and Adam Snyder.
more information on Leader Launch or Penn State Career Services, contact the
Penn State DuBois Office of Student Life at 814-375-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org You can also contact the Career
Services Center at 814-372-3015 or email@example.com