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College of Business and Technology Sets Annual Career Days Event

October 9, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - For the second consecutive year, the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) has organized its Career Days for Oct. 15-25, offering a wide-range of events to prepare students for their future careers.

"In today's economy, there is a lot of competition for jobs and we want WIU students to better understand employer expectations so they can compete in the marketplace," said Cathy Onion, assistant professor in management and marketing and the event's faculty coordinator. "To help prepare students, we've planned a wide range of events that will refine their communication skill set, foster leadership skills and build confidence."

Over a course of two weeks, Career Days will feature a student organization bulletin board contest, a business case competition, a leadership skills seminar, a leadership reaction course, resume and interview preparation workshops, a Skype interview, a dress for success workshop, etiquette lunch, etiquette dinner and a career panel of industry experts.

Nationally-acclaimed speaker and author Tim Augustine will headline the Career Days events with a campus-wide presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Union Grand Ballroom. Co-sponsored by the CBT and WIU's professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, Augustine's presentation, "You Have the Power to Succeed Faster" will help students create bigger goals, become better communicators and build a more meaningful professional network.

Augustine's seminars and books have been featured on ABC, FOX and NBC and reviewed in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune and The National Association for Campus Activities.

Career Days activities will wrap-up on Thursday, Oct. 25, with more than 120 students participating in mock interviews followed by an ice-cream social with CBT Dean Tom Erekson and industry professionals.

"We received such terrific feedback on our career events last year. We're very pleased to provide this important opportunity to our business and technology students again," said Erekson. "With such a competitive job economy, the Career Days activities are an essential investment toward the success of our graduates."

A complete Career Days itinerary is available at, or for more information, contact Onion at (309) 298-1402.

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