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WIU 2018 Professional Development Series Sept. 10-20

August 24, 2018

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) will host the annual Professional Development Series Sept. 10-20.

Students are invited to register for the more than 20 sessions offered that are designed to prepare students for the job search and a career in business.

The schedule includes:

Monday, Sept. 10
11-11:50 a.m or noon-12:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 121 - "You Want Me To Move Where?" - presented by Andrew Van Thyne, sales and logistics manager, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company. This session will explore how to be more flexible with your career path.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
3:30-4:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 501 - "The Art of Networking" - presented by Kathy Waters, executive director, Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce. Networking is about building relationships by learning things about other people. Learn what to ask and what not to ask.

5 p.m. in Stipes Hall, room 501 - Networking Social - Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your networking skills with community business leaders.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
2-2:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "The Importance of Knowing About Benefits," presented by Tom Schuetz, managing partner, and Chris Bynum, business relationship director, Group Services - This session will focus on what benefits should be important to you and what to look for in benefit packages.

3-4 p.m. in Stipes front lobby and first floor hallways - "CBT Student Organization Fair" - The CBT Student Organization Fair will showcase student groups housed within the CBT and will provide information about joining each group.

Thursday, Sept. 13
12:30-1:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "Difficult Conversations," presented by Mandy Carballido, human resources consultant, Caterpillar (Mapleton Foundry) - This session will discuss all the types of difficult conversations and how to prepare for and engage in the conversation.

2-3:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "The Future of Careers," presented by Michelle Howe, instructor, WIU Management and Marketing Department - This session will explore the current job market, hiring strategies and careers of the future.

5-7 p.m. in University Union Lamoine Room - Etiquette Dinner, presented by Susan Creasey, assistant professor, WIU Management and Marketing Department - In this session, students will learn dining etiquette for a professional setting. Reservations and professional dress are required. The cost is $10 per person, which can be paid by cash or check in the CBT dean's office in Stipes Hall, room 101.

Monday, Sept. 17
1-1:50 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "Preparing for Interviews," presented by Rachel Wojcik, human resources recruiting lead, Circle 8 Logistics, Inc. - Attend this session to learn about demonstrating professionalism, delivering solid responses and presenting your best self in the interview process.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
9:30-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "Personal Finances—More Money, No Problem," Presented by Ryan Riggins, assistant vice president-lending, MidAmerica National Bank - This session will discuss the great moves you can make now to have a rich life ... whatever rich means to you.

1:30-4:30 p.m. in University Union Heritage Room - "Supply Chain Management" - The event includes an afternoon of informal meet-and-greet opportunities with company representatives.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
9-9:50 a.m. or 10-10:50 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - "Setting Your Course from College to the Workplace," presented by Bryan Langston, vice president of Warehousing, Dot Foods - These sessions will focus on items to consider as part of your working-resumé that will set you up for success when you compete for your first job as a graduate.

1-4 p.m. in University Union Brattain Lounge - "Meet the Firms" - The 30th annual Meet the Firms is a unique career fair in which students majoring in accountancy, finance or information systems have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with employers who are specifically looking to fill job openings and internships in these disciplines.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Noon-12:50 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall 105 - Engineering Technology Employer Panel - Join a group of employers for a panel discussion and gain insight on what they look for in a successful candidate.

3-4:45 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121 - WIU School of Agriculture Alumni/Employer Panel - Learn what these career professionals recommend you do now to be prepared for your job search.

For more information or to register, visit

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Office of University Communications & Marketing