Bootcamp for New Career Services Professionals

Bootcamp for New Career Services Professionals

November 7-8, 2017

Orlando, FL

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Learn the fundamental skill-sets required of a career services counselor and how to apply them to your practice.

Guide your own learning at this day-and-a-half bootcamp to focus on the most important aspects of your job. This training will begin by focusing on the current state of career services in higher education and the various organizational models used to accomplish the work. Once you have a foundation of current best practices in career services, you will have the opportunity to attend four out of five concurrent and focused sessions listed below. Leaders in career services charged with training new CS professionals will also have the opportunity to attend a “trainer-of-trainer” session.

After participating in this training you will have the foundational skills required for success in career services along with the knowledge for how to apply them to you work.

Five Skillsets Needed in Career Services

Who Should Attend

This program is designed to improve the essential skills needed by career services professionals. As such, we recommend this training for those who are:

  • New to career services (2 years or less)
  • Considering a career in career services
  • In need of ideas for their own CS training program
  • Leading CS departments and want to develop their staff

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
In this opening session, you will introduce yourselves and begin to identify critical skills that new career services professionals need.

The New Landscape of Career Services
8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
This opening session will look at how career services has shifted dramatically in the past decade and how this impacts your work with students, faculty, and employers. No longer is this department simply tasked with helping students apply for jobs, but plays an integral role in development throughout the student lifecycle. This session will highlight how those shifts impact your role on an ongoing basis.

Overview of Various Models
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Different institutions are answering the need for the evolving role of career services by changing how they work with other entities on campus. In this session, you will hear these various models and the pros and cons of each. You will learn how different institutions determine their workflow, roles within the department, and how they connect with their stakeholders.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Employer Relations
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Lunch (included in registration fee)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Working with Students
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Working Session
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
In this session, you will reconvene as a group to debrief what you have learned so far. You will engage in a self-assessment activity to help monitor your progress.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Speaker Panel and Wrap-Up
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
In this final session, you will debrief what you learned. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to the speaker panel.

Networking Reception (included in registration fee)
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Branding and Marketing Your Career Services Department, Including Articulating Data to Stakeholders
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Integrating Career Services Throughout the Student Lifecycle
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Today's students benefit most from proactive, early engagement and multiple opportunities to learn about different industries as they go through their student life cycle. In this session, you will explore three models that Loyola Marymount University has successfully employed to better serve their students. You will leave with a better idea of how you can apply these models to your own institution.

Working Session: Developing Your PD Plan
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
In this final working session, you will have an opportunity to revisit your self-assessment and to develop a professional development plan for the next year.

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

November 7-8, 2017

Orlando, FL


Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Room Rate: $189 + tax
Room Block Dates: November 6 and 7, 2017.
Block available until October 19, 2017.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.


Reserve Your Room: Please call 407-284-1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.


Branden Grimmett

Branden Grimmett

Associate Provost, Career and Professional Development
Loyola Marymount University

Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads the university's Career and Professional Development initiative. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. Over 95% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service or military within six months of graduation.

Before joining LMU, Branden held similar leadership roles in career services at St. Olaf College, Tufts University, and Harvard University. His work in the field of career services has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Education Advisory Board, and the book Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business.

Lisa Lovett

Lisa Lovett

Associate Director for Employer Relations
University of Colorado at Boulder

Lisa has worked at the University of Colorado for almost eight years with a focus on employer relations and internship program development. Prior to working for the university, Lisa was a recruiter and internship program manager for multiple for-profit organizations.  Her experience on the corporate side brings a unique perspective to university recruiting because she knows how to link employers’ wants to student and alumni needs.


Jon Schlesinger

Director of the Hiatt Career Center
Brandeis University

Jon is the Director of the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University. He is a frequent writer, presenter, and trainer on career development theory, data analytics, and learning outcome assessments in career services, presenting at national and state conferences, as well as invited trainings at college career centers. His work is published in peer-reviewed and national association journals.

Jon has overseen and implemented marketing, branding, career theory, assessment and programmatic changes across multiple institutions. Prior to joining Brandeis Jon worked in career centers at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, and Northwestern University.

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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