Career Preparation Day

The 13th Annual Department of Communication's Career Preparation Day will be held on September 30th, 2021. All Communication majors, minors, and graduate students are encouraged to attend this event and learn from department alumni about interviewing, networking, job seeking, e-recruiting, transitioning from college student to full-time employee, resume writing, promoting your communication degree, and more. If you have questions about Career Preparation Day please contact Stacey Macchi at

13th Annual Career Preparation Day Program (Thursday, September 30th, 2021 )

September 30th, 2021



9:30-10:45 am

Alison Tinnon
"Avoiding Burnout & Setting Healthy Boundaries"

Imagine this--you just graduated and landed an amazing job! WOO HOO! You are working so hard and want to prove to everyone what an asset you are. Sound about right? But, how do you do this in a healthy way? Let's talk about how to set healthy boundaries and understand how to use your working style to be intentional with your precious time.

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Megan Greening
"How To Succeed In A Virtual Interview"

Whether you're applying for a job, an internship, or a graduate program, you're likely going to go through a virtual interview. Most companies transitioned to virtual interviewing during the pandemic and the trend is likely to stick around. Learn the insider tips and tricks from a former recruiter so you're prepared to ace your virtual interview.

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11:00-12:15 pm

Ben Kilborn
"Who Is Interviewing Who?"

Success in an interview depends upon you. Do you know what it means to do solid research? What types of interview questions might you get asked? Should you have questions prepared for your interviewer? Let's discuss how to go in depth to prepare for an interview.

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Jessie Lantz
"Making Your Message Clear—Sports & Live Events"

Do you love attending sports and live events? What does that have to do with COMM? In this session, we will discuss the connection between your interpersonal and organizational communication classes and how they shape everyday interactions and influence your ability to succeed at a job.

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12:30-1:45 pm

Amya Mitchell
"I don't have it figured out yet….but I will"

You've waited four long years to graduate from college. Now what? Learn from Amya's experience as a recent college graduate about her process of finding a job before graduation and what it takes to balance two jobs all while working towards a different "dream" career.

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Justin Rinaldi
"Conversations to Conversions"

Whether you're marketing products, working in an agency setting, or as marketing/communication specialist, you'll be responsible for meeting a metric. Justin Rinaldi will present on mastering the art of crafting a well-articulated message while backing it up with data, driven from resources that are a few clicks away. Justin will provide case studies and resources that aren't taught in college for advancing your career track.

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2:00-3:15 pm

Cam Brown
"I chased the dream, not the title: Becoming a CEO after graduation"

Learn how to become your own boss by taking charge! Learn how to monetize your degree in the corporate world by getting your foot in the door and making money.

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Brenna Smith
"So you wanna work in communications? (Yes, with an "S")"

Once you have your degree in Communication, the job hunt begins. You may find yourself looking at communications and marketing jobs, and I'm here to give you the inside scoop on what that looks like post-grad, navigating the pandemic world, and establishing yourself as a young professional.

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