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Career Development Week prepares students for future

Carley Nail

ULM’s Office of Career and Student Development celebrated Career Development Week on Nov. 6-8 by preparing students for their professional journey. 

A number of events took place throughout the week to educate students on career readiness. From resume reviews to professional makeovers, students were offered many opportunities to grow their career success skills.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Career Development staff provided free resume reviews and tutorials. Students could come by with a resume to have it reviewed by a professional source or learn how to start their own from scratch.

“Mrs.Kristin Chandler [executive director of career and student development] explained to me what a resume is and how it can help me while going into the job world,” freshman kinesiology major Tyler Davis said. “She provided me with a template for a basic resume so I could begin working on my own.”

Many events took place on Tuesday consecutively, including professional headshots, student makeovers and a makeup tutorial with a before-and-after look. All events were aimed at giving students the ability to prepare themselves for career-related activities, such as an interview or a new job.

Also on Tuesday, the Warhawk Wardrobe hosted a cleanout in their location on the second floor of the library. 

Although students can get one free professional outfit a year, during the cleanout, students could take several or return for another if they had already been before.

J’Lon Posser, student co-manager of the Warhawk Wardrobe, explained why he loves this event the most.

“I love seeing people coming and going with different outfits and big smiles on their faces,” Posser said. “Career Week is a great opportunity for students to learn about all the services provided by the Career Development office and to practice their career readiness skills.”

The final event of the week was Wednesday’s Elevator Pitch Competition at Bayou Pointe. Students competed in a 90-second or less elevator pitch to impress a panel of judges for prize money. 

The event serves as not only a fun competition but also a way for students to get reviewed by professionals and receive advice. First place winner in the job interview category Prajal Prasai appreciated the opportunity to practice his speaking skills.

“The elevator pitch allows students like us to bolster our confidence for future public speaking opportunities,” Prasai said. “I loved the fact that I got critique sheets from the judges, which helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses.”

If you need help getting prepared for your career, you can stop by the ULM Career and Student Development office or the Warhawk Wardrobe any day.

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