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Fall 2021 Career Workshops (all workshops will be delivered via Zoom)

Career Networking 101

Wednesday, September 8th, Noon-1pm
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Do you know how to start a conversation with complete strangers or acquaintances? Have you ever been to an event, meeting, interview or activity where you needed to engage but didn’t know how or where to start?

This session will help you:

  • Gain practical experience around the art of networking and making new connections.
  • Learn methods to initiate conversations with strangers inside and outside of UMA.
  • Understand how networking can work for you.

This workshop is part of the UMA Trail Blazer Workshop Series. To learn more about other topics in this series, please check the UMA Events Calendar.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): Getting Credit For What You Know

Tuesday, September 21st, Noon-1pm
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We recognize that college-level learning doesn’t always occur in the classroom. We understand that the skills and knowledge you have acquired may have come through learning in the office, in the military, or through various other life activities. Through transfer credit, testing, portfolios and credential reviews, you may have the opportunity to earn college credits more efficiently and at a reduced cost.

This session will help you:

  • Define college-level learning.
  • Reflect on your own areas of expertise and draw conclusions about whether your accomplishments of these areas constitute college level learning.
  • Learn about potential pathways to earn academic credit.

Micro-Credentials: What Are They?

Monday, September 27th, Noon-1pm
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The world is changing fast and, today more than ever, traditional modes of assessment fail to capture the learning that happens everywhere and at every age. Digital badges are a powerful new tool for identifying and validating your range of skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies.

The University of Maine System (UMS) offers professional development opportunities that result in a verified micro-credential for those who want to update their skillset. A fully stacked micro-credential badge indicates that you have successfully completed a high-quality and rigorous training and were able to demonstrate the skills you developed in a work-based setting. Micro-credentials prove to your employer that you have skills needed in today’s workplace.

This session will help you:

  • Explain the purpose and value of micro-credentials.
  • Learn about the micro-credential offerings within the University of Maine System.
  • Set yourself apart from others in the field.

De-mystifying the Graduate School Application Process

Monday, October 4th, Noon-1pm
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Graduate school isn’t easy. Proper planning, however, can dramatically reduce stress and anxiety and get you on the road to achieve your academic goals.

This session will help you:

  • Understand the factors that can influence your program/institution selection
  • Learn the basics of the graduate school application process
  • Find out about graduate degree financing options
  • Decide whether or not graduate school is a step in the right direction.

Resumes & Cover Letters: From Rejection to Results

Tuesday, October 19th, Noon-1pm
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Strong resumes and cover letters are essential to land an interview and job. Whether you have an existing resume or have never put one together, we can help you. Learn the essentials of how to write a resume and cover letter that will get you noticed. Our tips for resume and cover letter writing will help you showcase your relevant skills and experience.

This session will help you:

  • Pitch yourself in the best possible way on paper
  • Write bullet points that truly show your value
  • Avoid the most common resume and cover letter mistakes.

Interviewing: The Secrets of Success

Monday, October 25th, Noon-1pm
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Preparing for your job interview could very well be one of the most important moments of your career. Landing the perfect job can be a challenge, but with the determination and passion you will need to begin a successful career, you can easily overcome this challenge, and bring a lot of valuable experience with you to the next interview if you don’t get the job. Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have wondrous effects on your interviewing skills.

This session will help you:

  • Understand how to verbally and non-verbally communicate effectively in an interview.
  • Learn and practice how to answer challenging interview questions.
  • Gain frameworks to structure thoughts and answers to common interview questions.
  • Obtain tools and techniques to both prepare and follow up, before and after the interview.

Branding Yourself Like a Boss

Tuesday, November 16th, 12-1pm
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Personal branding is how you package yourself and communicate your unique skills and the value you bring to the world. Specifically, this workshop is designed to help you start thinking about your personal brand and provide you with practical steps on how to start building and communicating both online and offline, who you are, what you do, what your core strengths and skills are as well as the value you can bring to a company.

This session will help you:

  • Identify and articulate what differentiates you from other candidates.
  • Build a powerful and impressive online presence.
  • Develop effective networking techniques to promote your personal brand.

This workshop is part of the UMA Trail Blazer Workshop Series. To learn more about other topics in this series, please check the UMA Events Calendar.

Please check back later for our fall event lineup!