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Senior Week at the CDO

February 27th – March 3rd, 2017

Join us for daily workshops, information sessions, and special events geared toward helping seniors navigate life beyond Vassar.

“Leap into Life After Vassar” on Wednesday, March 1st from 11 am – 4 pm in the College Center North Atrium!

Daily Drop-ins for Seniors

Drop-in Appointments | M-T-R-F | 1 - 4 pm | Career Development Office

We’ve cleared our calendars for the Class of 2017! Stop by the CDO for popcorn, candy, and 20-minute drop-in appointments… a low-stress intro to the CDO.

Monday, February 27th

Lunch ’N Learn: Planning Now for Grad School Later | 12 - 1 p.m. | Rockefeller Hall 200

A majority of Vassar alumnae/i go on to attend graduate school whether it is immediately or several years down the road. Attend this hour-long lunch & learn if you are planning to attend graduate school at some point in the future. We will talk you through how to find and apply to programs, as well ways to fund your course of study. 

Cooper & Cooper’s ‘Renting in NYC’ | 5 - 6 p.m. | New England 105

Thinking about relocating to New York City after graduation? Wondering how to find housing? Representatives from Cooper & Cooper Real Estate in NYC will discuss the rental market (prices & floorplan sizes), highlight the steps in the rental process, review paperwork & landlord requirements and answer all your questions.

Tuesday, February 28th

Lunch ’N Learn: Budgeting for Life Beyond Vassar | 12 - 1 p.m. | Rockefeller Hall 200

Don’t you think you deserve to be well-prepared to manage your money? Take charge of your future by learning the skills of personal finance. Understanding the basics of credit card agreements, budgeting, saving, managing debt, and insurance contracts can help you to achieve your goals of traveling the world, giving to charity, or taking time off to learn how to play the ocarina. Seminar by Alex Burke ’07, owner of Financial Solutions Associates, a boutique financial planning firm near Boston, MA. 

Industry Night: Careers in the Art World | 6 - 7 p.m. | New England 206

Hosted by David V. Griffin '99, Senior Associate at Thomas & Associates, this conversation will focus on ways for entry level and pre-grad candidates to transition into meaningful employment in the arts--everything from resume and interview tips to a breakdown of how the art world works and what its stipulations are.

Wednesday, March 1st

Leap Into Life After Vassar! | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | College Center North Atrium

Food! Fun! Future! Stop by the CDO's "Leap into Life After Vassar" tabling event in the College Center.

LinkedIn Photo Booth! Research shows that just having a picture makes your LinkedIn profile 7-14 times more likely to be viewed by others. Stop by to have a free LinkedIn head shot taken by a professional photographer!

Business Card Making! Stop by our business-card making station to print a free starter-set of business cards… perfect for interviews and networking!

Job and Benefits Gurus! Need help navigating job search resources? Have a question about job offers and benefits? Wondering how to negotiate a salary? Experts from the CDO and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union will be on hand to answer your burning questions!

The Vassar Network! Learn how to tap into Vassar’s very best career resource, our alumnae/i.

Don’(u)t Know What You Want to Do? Fear not, there will be donuts in your future! Stop by to learn about CDO resources for self-assessment.

Ask-a-counselor! Career counselors and career assistants will be available for quick general questions and on-the-spot resume reviews.

Just for Fun! Need to de-stress? Stop by our “I Just Can't Adult Today” and “Predict Your Future” tables, featuring coloring sheets, magic 8 balls, silly putty, and more!

RAFFLE! Stop by each table to increase your chances of winning great prizes, including “job search survival kits,” gift certificates for professional attire, haircuts, and more!

Industry Night: Careers in Sustainability (Webinar) | 6 - 7 p.m.

How to Get A Job In Sustainability: Building a Leadership Career in Business, NGOs and Government. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College (MBA in Sustainability / MS Environmental and Climate Policy) will outline different sustainability career directions, evaluate the impact of President Trump on sustainability jobs, discuss grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later), and provide listeners with a tailored, concrete job search strategy. The webinar includes twenty minutes of Q&A to address individual career questions.

Join the webinar using this link: https://bluejeans.com/436002977

Thursday, March 2nd

Lunch ’N Learn: Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market | 12 - 1 p.m. | Rockefeller Hall 200

Dream jobs are found by tapping into the hidden job market! 70-80% of jobs/internships are unadvertised and only accessible by networking. It's never too early, or too late, to build your career connections. Strategies for identifying, expanding, contacting, and following-up with your network (in person and online) will be covered. We'll touch on how to use LinkedIn to network your way to success, and how employers are using social media to learn about you! 

Industry Night: Careers in Publishing | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | College Center MPR

Molly Turpin '12, Associate Editor at Random House, will host an informal career chat about careers in the publishing industry. All students are welcome; seniors are especially encouraged to attend!

Friday, March 3rd

Lunch ’N Learn: How to Handle the 5 Most Terrifying Interview Questions | 12 - 1 p.m. | Taylor Hall Room 203

When going into an interview, it’s important to know what questions to expect and how to approach them. Preparation is key! Come learn about the five most terrifying (and common) interview questions asked by employers and how to prepare for them in this interview!