Workshops, Employers on Campus & Events

Advising & Career Services offers a selection of workshops aimed toward helping you choose a major and career, answering your questions about internships, preparing you for interviewing, perfecting your resume and cover letter, and more.

No need to sign up in advance - please arrive in our office prior to the time the workshop is scheduled to begin.

ACS also co-hosts and promotes other career-related campus events open to students and alumni. Please see the calendar below for details and dates. Note that all workshops and events are located in our office (USB 402), unless otherwise stated. 

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Workshop Descriptions

Major & Career Exploration:

  • Career & Major Exploration Workshop Series [3-Part Series]: Are you trying to explore your career options, choose your major or learn more about different careers? This workshop uses career assessments to help students explore careers and majors. Come to this workshop to learn about your personality type, gain a better understanding of how personality type influences your career and major decision, identify your interests, skills, and values, and uncover some potential careers. Students will receive their personality type profile and have an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification. (You must attend all 3 sessions and will take the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator). A $20 materials fee is called for at the first session. For current PSU students and alumni only.  
  • Choosing A Major: Are you still undeclared or confused about your major? This one-session workshop will introduce you to the process of choosing a major (and career) and direct you to tools for further exploration. Bring a laptop if possible. 

Job Search Strategies & Career Advice:

  • Introduction to Interviewing: Come learn the basics of interviewing and strategies to develop and improve your interview skills. We will discuss how to prepare for an interview, what employers expect, and how to handle the most common interview questions.
  • Writing Resumes & Cover Letters: Get the latest information on how to effectively write and format job search documents, such as what information to include, how to create a targeted resume, and how to illustrate "fit" with a position.
  • Internships: Overview and Search Tips: This discussion-based workshop covers topics such as the benefits of doing an internship, search tips, informational interviewing, networking, how to create your own internship, etc. Q&A time is available.
  • Networking for Introverts: Are you intimidated by the idea of networking? Come learn the basics of how to network in this interactive session. We will discuss informational interviewing, Linkedin, and how to connect to professional organizations to meet people in your chosen field. 
  • AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation for Women: Designed for college students who are about to enter the job market, these workshops address the AAUW's findings that women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive. Attendees will learn to articulate their worth and negotiate their salaries early on.

Graduate School:

  • Should I Go To Graduate School?: Do you think you might want to go to graduate school? Not sure what all is involved or how to get started? Come to this workshop to help answer these questions and more. Topics covered will include how to decide if graduate school is the right choice for you, how to search and fund graduate school, and the steps to developing a compelling graduate school application. 
  • Resumes/CVs for Graduate School: Will you need a resume or CV for your graduate school applications? If so, this workshop is for you. Topics covered will include resume vs. CV, how to create a resume and CV for your graduate school applications, and how you can these documents in your job search as well. 
  • Personal Statement Session: Are you lost about how to start your personal statement/statement of purpose/essay for graduate school or scholarships? Feeling frustrated by the writing process? Come to this workshop to hear from the PSU Writing Center expert on how to prepare an outstanding personal statement/statement of purpose/essay for graduate school applications and scholarships.
  • Test Taking Strategies for GRE/GMAT: Are you required to take the GRE or GMAT? Want to learn some study tips from certified experts for free? Come to this workshop, presented by Kaplan Test Prep, to learn more about what is on the test, as well as tips and strategies for studying. The GRE and GMAT is an important factor of your application, so don’t miss this opportunity to get support. 
  • LSAT Test Prep: Are you applying to law school? Want to learn some study tips for the LSAT from certified experts for free? Come to this workshop, presented by Kaplan Test Prep, to learn more about what is on the test, as well as tips and strategies for studying. The LSAT is an important factor of your law school application, so don’t miss this opportunity to get support. 
  • Navigating the Graduate School Interview: Is an interview a part of your graduate school admissions process? Did you apply for graduate or teaching assistant positions that require an interview? If so, come to this workshop to learn strategies for how to prepare for and be successful in your interview. *Note: not all graduate programs have interviews so research more about your unique programs admission process to learn if you will. 

Preparing for Career Fairs & Other Events:

  • How to Prepare for the Career Fairs: Job fairs are an excellent way to meet potential employers and discover the variety of jobs available. Learn some tips from the experts on what to do and what not to do when attending a job fair.
  • How to Find and Apply for Jobs & Internships with the Federal Government: Public service employment carries with it many benefits. Learn tips and tools for finding jobs and internships within federal government agencies from a current federal student ambassador.

1-Credit Classes

  • Career Planning (UNST 195): Career Planning is a one-credit career decision-making class. Participants learn about the myths and realities of choosing a major and the career decision-making process; identify their relevant skills, interests, and values; identify potential careers to explore and then learn how to research specific job titles through print and electronic sources as well as information interviews. Note that some sections are only 5-weeks; an online section is available each quarter. See quarterly Class Schedule for availability.

 

Workshops Across Campus

  • Free computer program workshops for students are offered by OIT! The Office of Information Technology offers free technology workshops to PSU faculty, staff, and students. Look below for more information about the available subjects and times. To attend a workshop, just register and go to the designated location at the workshop's day/time.
  • Free Financial Wellness appointments and workshops are offered by University Financial Services Student Accounts office! Understanding how to manage money is an important part of success as a student. Their mission is to empower all students to make healthy financial decisions through education, awareness and mentoring. To schedule an appointment or attend a workshop, visit their website.