Campus Workshops

HUMANITIES DEPARTMENTS…

Campus workshop formats include presentations and hands-on workshops to support groups of undergraduates in highlighting their studies in job search documents, professional school applications, and interview preparation or groups of faculty who want to integrate professional development and career preparation into their humanities curricula (starting at $300 for a 90-minute workshop).

Professional development workshops for humanities students consist of 15-20 minute modules that prepare students to deploy the skills and expertise from their humanities courses as they go on the job market.  Sample modules include:

  • How are your humanities courses represented on your resume?

Do you have languages listed at the bottom of your resume in a “Skills” section like an afterthought? This module will train you to illustrate how you use your language skills throughout your resume. 

  • Can you explain everything on your resume clearly and concisely?

If you went to a job interview, would you be taken off guard when asked about something from your resume? Don’t be! That’s something you can control—and prepare for. In this module, we prepare and practice answers to a job interview question about your language skills or other content from your own resume. 

  • The Elevator Pitch: One sure way to make a good first impression. 

The elevator pitch is one model that can be used to craft answers to typical job interview questions that require you to summarize vast amounts of experience in a few short sentences.

  • Can you highlight your language studies at networking events and in interviews?

For narrow, behavioral job interview questions that ask you to share a specific experience, a story works better than the elevator pitch. In this module, we practice and prepare “story” answers to job interview questions.

  • Letter of recommendation requests.

Requesting a letter of recommendation should be like writing a cover letter: you should introduce yourself with complete details, explain your connection to the addressee, and make a case for the connection between your experience and whatever it is you’re applying to.

  • Managing your digital identity for the 21st century workplace. 

It is necessary to both curate your own professional digital identity and develop some specific hard skills that employers want. 

  • Be ready for an elegant close. 

Last impressions are almost as important as first impressions and most candidates forget that. This module walks you through the process of mindfully taking leave in a professional and enthusiastic manner at the end of a networking or interview encounter.

Faculty workshops for educators who want to integrate professional development into the curriculum consist of 10-15 minute modules in which faculty learn to integrate professional development training into existing curricula. Choose from among:

  • Networking as part of any pair & group work. 

Students in language courses have a lot of natural opportunities to practice professional networking, but you must be explicit with students about the fundamentals of networking in the professional context, why it’s important to practice, and how it will pay off. This module provides various activities at increasing levels of language difficulty to be layered on to already existing language activities.

  • Professional applications of language basics such as letters & numbers. 

In language education, letters and numbers are often covered early in language study and then forgotten about, yet accuracy in spelling and understanding of numbers are essential to workplace success.This module emphasizes the value of mastering the building blocks of any language for professional contexts such as taking phone messages, completing calculations, and successful negotiations. One key to success is equipping students with strategies to take control of conversations in order to get essential information.

  • In-class presentations as interview preparation. 

This module covers training students in the process of interview preparation by using evaluation standards that apply to a job interview—even as the content of the in-class presentations remains the same as it always has for your classes.

  • Cover memos for academic writing that is practice for professional writing. 

Need a way to work professional writing into a course with writing assignments that come purely from the academic context? Add professional cover memos to each writing assignment. If you’d rather work on professional email writing or agenda writing, this module can be adapted.

  • Letter of recommendation requests. 

Requesting a letter of recommendation should be like writing a cover letter: you should introduce yourself with complete details, explain your connection to the addressee, and make a case for the connection between your experience and whatever it is you’re applying to.

  • Crafting resume lines and cover letter paragraphs based on course projects & assignments. 

The fundamentals of a single well-crafted resume line can be applied to a selected component of any course to illustrate both the importance of connecting coursework to the job search and the essential components of any resume entry.

 

  • Managing one’s digital identity for the 21st century workplace. 

It is necessary to both curate your own professional digital identity and develop some specific hard skills that employers want—both of which can be integrated into any course. *This module can also be adapted for student workshops.

Email darcylear@gmail.com to set up a workshop.

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