Career Success Workshop



"Putting yourself in the drivers seat"

Monday, December 21, 2015 - Program Agenda


Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 131, Redwood City, CA 94065


8:15am – 9:00am           Registration Check-in
Pick up nametags, workshop materials, and breakfast. 


9:00am – 9:15am           Welcome and Workshop Overview

Degrees are valuable and essential parts in securing career goals.  But academic achievement is not enough to secure a post-graduation position in a constantly changing workforce.  In addition to college core academic and technical skill requirements employers are seeking candidates who have obtained soft skills from internships and volunteer positions. Today’s workshop teaching will focus on the top four skills employers are looking for:  communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

9:15am – 9:30am           Interpersonal Skills Exercise

"Office Street Smarts"

Long-term success in the workforce requires learning the skills to effectively work with others. Every work environment has a host of problems to contend with.  Therefore, conflict resolution is a critical part of successfully contributing to the company.  How do co-workers, managers and other stakeholders view you?  Are you able to resolve a conflict effectively?  How do you handle conflict when under pressure?  


9:35am – 10:40am         Team Exercise  – Part 1

"There’s no I in Teamwork"

Why are critical thinking skills so valuable?  The global economy has forced companies to work faster, using innovative thinking to solve both internal and external industry challenges.  Employers now expect university graduates to have developed critical thinking skills, as many see it as more valuable than subject knowledge.  So how can you prepare to meet this challenge?  What are the first steps in getting started?

10:40am – 10:50am      Break


10:50am – 12:00pm      Team Exercise – Part 2

"The Art of Public Speaking"

To effectively communicate your thoughts to others is an art, one that must be developed over time. Research confirms that those who can communicate in a persuasive manner stand a far better chance of reaching their goals than those that can’t.  Therefore, the final phase to the team exercise will be to have each team present their case study, their solution, and their learning’s based on a the established criteria.  Good luck!


 12:00pm – 12:40pm     Networking Lunch

"Where Initiative meets Opportunity"

There’s no disputing that networking can provide a distinct advantage when looking to secure a career-focused job.  So what is networking?  Networking is a process of building long-term relationships with people in a mutually beneficial way.  It isn’t just about self-growth, although this is a personal benefit. It’s about creating relationships, and forming connections with people you would like to know better who might have a direct impact or contribution to your professional career.  Networking is a two-way street, meaning while you’re developing new relationships that may be beneficial to your career growth, you are also looking for opportunities to add value to individuals within your network. 

The workshop lunch break will serve as a networking platform for you to meet fellow students from your university.  Each table in the lunchroom has a university listing. Please sit at the table that correlates with your university.  Discussions will begin with an icebreaker question that we have provided; however, feel free to use one of your own.  Bon Appétit!

GENERAL SESSION                               

12:45pm – 12:55pm     Workshop Wrap-up

Discussions will focus on the top learning outcomes from the team exercises polling results. 


1:00pm – 2:00pm       Mock Interview Exercise

"The Art of Personal Communication"

Communication skills are some of the most valuable skills that you need to succeed in the workplace.  If you want to be an expert communicator, you need to be effective at all points in the communication process – from "sender" through to "receiver", and you must be comfortable with the different channels of communication – face to face, voice to voice, written, and so on. Poor communicators usually struggle to develop their careers beyond a certain point.  So are you communicating effectively? 

In this exercise you will be given a job posting that is within your field of interest, which you will be interviewing for.  You will have five minutes to communicate to a five-person panel why you are the right person for the job position.  After the interview session has concluded, the panel will provide a five-minute verbal critique to the interviewee. 

2:00pm – 2:10pm           Break


2:10pm – 2:30pm           Panel Session

"Reality versus Myth"

Gain valuable insights from current students and PCF alumni on preparing for the interview process for internships and permanent job positions.  Open Q&A session will address questions around tangible experiences / lessons learned and valuable insights from internship and post graduation job placement engagement.

 2:30pm – 2:40pm           Workshop Evaluation Feedback

"Your Value Proposition"

We recognize it is a constant challenge to juggle academic priorities along with other life responsibilities, so we understand how valuable your time is.  Our goal is to provide you with value driven programs to help you meet the challenges you face in developing your career goals.  One way for us to accomplish this is to get your feedback! 

2:50pm – 3:00pm           Closing Remarks & Upcoming Event Announcements

3:00pm                                Conclusion of program