Career Exploration Workshop: Live Stream

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT

The Graduate School at Penn State is hosting a Career Exploration Workshop for currently enrolled graduate students on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Penn State's University Park campus. Sessions taking place in 112 Kern Graduate Building will be live streamed

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
112 Kern Graduate Building
Opening Plenary: Securing a Job is a Process
Speaker: Roy L. Schuyler, Consultant Manager (retired) DuPont

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I

Session A: Defining the Job You Want
112 Kern Graduate Building

Before taking those first steps along the career path to success, aspiring professionals in any field must consider a variety of personal preferences and interests. Panelists will provide insights into various factors that can influence the decision-making process, such as the size and location of the organization; work/life balance; and opportunities for advancement.

  • Howard Cyr, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service (retired), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Eric C. Hall, Director, Alliance Management, Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company
  • Kathleen Hume, Owner, Funky Trunk Happy Valley Consignments
  • Jay Kovacs, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
  • Lisa Ruch, Professor of English and Communications; Chair, Liberal Studies Department, Bay Path University

Session B: Marketing Yourself as You Transition to the Job Market
101 Chambers Building

This session is designed for graduate students who have completed the majority of their degree requirements. Panelists will address topics such as preparing to transition from graduate student to professional; building and nurturing networks; packaging yourself; and tailoring applications to job postings.

  • Martha L. Carothers, Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of Delaware
  • Samuel Hume, Head of Data Exchange Technologies, CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium)
  • Stephen H. Korzeniowski, Global Technology Manager, Surface Protection Solutions (retired), The Chemours Company/E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., Inc.; Founder, BeachEdge Consulting, LLC
  • Susan O. Schall, Owner and President, SOS Consulting, LLC

10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Break
Kern Graduate Building Lobby

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II

Session A: Closing the Deal
112 Kern Graduate Building

During this session, panelists will draw on their own professional experiences when emphasizing the specific interviewing and negotiation skills that are most effective at producing the desired employment results.

  • Howard Cyr, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service (retired), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Eric C. Hall, Director, Alliance Management, Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company
  • Jay Kovacs, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
  • Lisa Ruch, Professor of English and Communications; Chair, Liberal Studies Department, Bay Path University

Session B: Marketing Yourself Early in Your Graduate School Experience
101 Chambers Building

This session is designed for new and mid-level graduate students. Discussion topics will include balancing professional activities and coursework; establishing networks; understanding the benefits and challenges of social media; and “testing the waters” of a career field.

  • Martha L. Carothers, Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of Delaware
  • Kate Guastaferro, Research Associate, The Methodology Center, Penn State
  • Samuel Hume, Head of Data Exchange Technologies, CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium)
  • Stephen H. Korzeniowski, Global Technology Manager, Surface Protection Solutions (retired), The Chemours Company/E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., Inc.; Founder, BeachEdge Consulting, LLC
  • Ashley Linden-Carmichael, Research Associate, The Methodology Center, Penn State

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Open Networking
Kern Graduate Building Lobby