Liberal Arts Career Week

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UPDATE (January 24): Due to inclement weather and Penn State's early dismissal, all Liberal Arts Career Week events for today, Thursday, January 24 are canceled. One-on-one alumni appointments for tomorrow, January 25 will also be canceled. Stay tuned for updates on employer resume reviews scheduled for tomorrow. Stay safe and we apologize for any inconvenience.


Liberal Arts Career Week is a week-long event designed to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills and provide networking opportunities that will support their future career paths. By participating in this week’s employer and alumni panels, workshops, and networking events, students can learn skills needed to embark on their career journey and achieve success in their professional lives.

Join the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network and take advantage of all the great events and networking opportunities!


Download a flyer with the schedule of events.

Chat with a Career Coach: Career Enrichment Network career coaches will be available every afternoon of Liberal Arts Career Week. Please check the schedule of events and visit us in between sessions from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in 134 HUB.

Monday, January 21

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12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m. Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree Join Liberal Arts alumnus, Rich Frank, VP of Brand Strategy and Creative Services at Accuweather, to better understand how to market your liberal arts degree. Whether in an interview or networking, Liberal Arts students can be the most competitive candidates. Find out how you can showcase yourself even better. 134 HUB
3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. Purposeful Selection: Exploring Majors, Careers, and Directional Decision Making

In this Workshop, we will guide participants in activities to explore the sometimes-daunting challenge of finding the right career fit or major fit. We plan to help attendees expand their knowledge about the career exploration process and various career options. If you are at a fork in the road or are trying to “figure out what I want to be when I grow up”, we can help guide you through the process of exploration.  

134 HUB
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Networking Etiquette Reception

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Need advice on networking at a cocktail hour? How do you hold a glass and shake a hand? Join us to learn more about the variety of networking experiences you may have in a reception type environment. RSVP is required through Nittany Lion Careers.

Sponsored by Altria.

134 HUB

Tuesday, January 22

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12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m.

Is Law School Right for Me?

Join DUS Pre-Law Adviser, Kathy Garren, to learn more about law school and the other options available in policy, law, government, etc. If you think you want to go to law school but don’t know why, this workshop is for you!

134 HUB
2:00p.m.-3:15p.m. Translating PhD Training for Non-Academic Careers: From CV to Resume in 75 minutes

Not sure how to articulate your skills and experiences as a graduate student for opportunities outside of academia?  Come to this session to get tips and ideas on translating your graduate school training into language appropriate for non-academic positions.  The session also will cover the main differences between CVs and resumes and give you time to work on starting to translate your own documents.  Bring a copy of your CV and/or resume and take advantage of the chance to ask the presenters questions specific to your education and interests during the workshop portion of the session.

Presented by Penn State Career Services and Graduate School.

134 HUB
3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. Communicating with Employers presented by Kohl's Not sure how to start a conversation with a recruiter? Learn from employers what they want you to say in a variety of situations including a career fair, interview, or networking event. 134 HUB
6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Networking and Interviewing

Join Happy Valley Improv to step outside your comfort zone and develop skills to engage with others in a professional setting. The troupe will engage students in learning listening skills, conversation skills, understanding body language, etc.

Sponsored by Kohl's

103 BC Bank of America Career Services

Wednesday, January 23

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12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m. Liberal Arts Students Wanted presented by Goldman Sachs Attention first and second year students! Ready to get prepared, gather some professional skills, get ready for an internship, and learn more about what to do with your Liberal Arts degree? Join Goldman Sachs representatives to get a head start! 134 HUB
3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m.

A Practical Approach to Leveraging Your Strengths

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Join us for an interactive discovery of your top 5 strengths and how to best deploy them. Learn to better articulate your talents and apply them to your career search and career management. If attending, please complete StrengthsFinder prior and bring your Top Five Signature Themes with you! Presented by Katie McMurray and Brad Yeckley.

Request a code here to complete the assessment. Please make sure to allow three business days to receive your code.

134 HUB
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Government & Non-Profit Employer Panel Join representatives from a variety of agencies to learn more about a career in the government or non-profit world. Organizations include the National Security Agency (NSA), Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, United States Drug Enforcement Agency, Teach for America, and Centre Helps. 134 HUB

Thursday, January 24

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12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m. Gap Year Opportunities

Thinking about taking a year or two off but not sure what to do with it? Come learn about a variety of opportunities before your next step. 

Presented by the University Fellowships Office and Lisa Kerchinski, Schreyer's Honors College

134 HUB
3:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. Thinking about Graduate School? Gather advice and information from the panel that includes current graduate students and admissions representatives from Master's level graduate programs including Penn State School of Public Policy, Penn State Smeal MBA Program, & more. Make sure to bring a copy of your CV and/or resume. 134 HUB
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Business Industry Panel and Networking

Panelist Info Here

Interested in a career in business? Meet Liberal Arts alumni who have done just that. Gather advice and ask questions of business professionals, learn more about the business path and what it looks like for a liberal arts major, gain suggestions on classes and enrichment experiences, and much more. 134 HUB

Friday, January 25

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9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

One-on-One Alumni Appointments

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Pre-register for a one-on-on appointment with the alumni of the Business Employer Panel. During your one-on-one feel free to ask questions in a no-pressure setting bout the business industry, career paths, review resumes or even helpful interview tips.

234 Bank of America Career Services Building
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.

Employer Resume Reviews

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Pre-register through Nittany Lion Careers for a 15-minute resume review with various employers. Spots will fill-up quickly so get yours soon! Remember to bring two (or more) copies of your resume with you. It doesn’t hurt to dress to impress either.

Organizations include Johnson & Johnson, Teach for America, Accuweather, Pennsylvania State Police, and Peace Corps. You will be randomly paired with an organization but have opportunity to network with the representatives as well.

134 HUB



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