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Distributed October 14, 2003
Contact Kristen Cole

November 12-15
Career Week to cover looking for work in a tough economy and more

Career Week, a four-day series of programs for undergraduates about exploring employment options, will include discussion of such timely topics as searching for a job in a tough economy and while facing record-high cost of living.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University’s Career Week, Nov. 12-15, 2003, will offer undergraduates an opportunity to explore a wide variety of career fields, connect with alumni, reflect on the future and its career opportunities, and find advice about directing their searches in a bewildering and challenging job market.

Students are invited to attend any of eight “Career Conversations” with alumni panelists on a broad range of employment-related topics, from searching for a job in a tough economy to myths about happiness and money. Alumni will also offer 22 career-specific panel discussions during the daylong Career Networking Conference Saturday, Nov. 15. In addition, seniors will have the opportunity to receive advice on business dining from an etiquette coach on Friday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Faculty Club.

Sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association, the Career Services Office, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Fisher Family and an anonymous donor, Career Week is an annual event. More than 1,300 students and 150 alumni attended last year’s sessions.

The Career Conversations, to be held in the Petteruti Lounge of Faunce House, include:

Wednesday, Nov. 12  

3 to 4 p.m. Happiness and Money: Some Myths and Realities

This session will work to debunk some widely held myths such as the positive correlation of money with happiness. It will consider studies and statistics that offer ideas on how to lead more satisfying work lives. The purpose is to support students in creating a reliable and stable platform from which they can examine goals and planned pathways as they enter the marketplace.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Transitions to the Real World of Work: Tales from the Trenches

A panel of recent alumni discusses how they made their job searches successful despite record-high cost-of-living hurdles.

6 to 7 p.m. Diversity in the Workplace: The Real Story

What does it mean to be a member of an under-represented minority – or a member of the majority – in today’s workforce? Alumni who have real-life experiences in corporations, law firms, nonprofits and professional schools will discuss how to deal with difficult diversity issues between colleagues and turn challenging hurdles into opportunities for advancement.

Thursday, Nov. 13 

3 to 4 p.m.  When is the Right Time for Graduate School?

Deciding when and if to go to graduate school is no simple question. Is avoiding the job search a good enough reason? It is often difficult for current college students to understand how graduate school will affect their lives. Recent alumni will describe how the decisions they made helped or hindered them.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

Searching for jobs, shifting careers and surviving in the workplace present various concerns for everyone, but issues regarding sexual orientation in the workplace present unique challenges for the LGBTQ community. This career conversation will be an opportunity for LGBTQ alumni to share their career choices, job search, workplace experiences and first-hand advice. A range of relevant topics will be covered, including researching and evaluating employers, “coming out” in the job search or workplace, employer and co-worker discrimination and resources of information and support.

6 to 7 p.m. Myths and Realities of Women Working for Change

Education, community work, and social services have traditionally been seen as “woman’s work,” and public policy and government continue to be the “man’s realm.” This roundtable discussion will feature women from different fields of public work reflecting on their experiences defining, accessing and attaining power.

Friday, Nov. 14

3 to 4 p.m. Communicating Effectively in an Interview

Interviewing is an art that takes careful practice. What is the right tone to present? How much should an applicant say when answering questions? What about body language? Barbara Tannenbaum, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, suggests effective strategies to help prepare for and navigate the sometimes choppy waters of an interview.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  An International in the U.S. Workplace: Visas and Culture Shock

International students face unique challenges as they begin their professional careers. Adjusting to the culture of the workplace, dealing with visa issues and finding a community can seem overwhelming. This program will offer strategies, provide resources and bring international alumni back to campus to share their stories and advice.


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