The inaugural IU School of Public Health Career Kickstart Series came to a conclusion with a rare opportunity to network with a handpicked selection of established public health professionals. Over the course of the fall 2013 semester, students in the Kickstart program, myself included, actively worked to improve their professional presence through group exercises, subjective evaluation & critique, and insider advice from the series’ creators, SPH Career Advisors Susan Simmons and Sarah Myers.
Each of the five Kickstart sessions spotlighted a different step towards establishing a strong professional voice in preparation for the final networking event at semester’s end. Unlike traditional career fairs, the event guest list was not finalized until the student guest list was set; participation in four of the five workshops was required. The result was an exclusive meet-and-greet tailored to the fields of study of the nineteen Kickstarters who completed the series.
The evening was a networking success; the students were congratulated for their work and awarded certificates of completion by Dr. John Schrader, Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health. Appetizers were served and the rest of the night was spent socializing, snacking, and connecting. With only about 30 people in the room, it was easy to spark up a conversation and develop strong connections with the businessmen and women in attendance. By the end of the evening, business cards were flying – I myself exchanged information and targeted some promising leads for summer internships.
The event was a great way to highlight our initiative to take an active step in developing ourselves professionally through the Kickstart Series. From sophomores who have no idea where to start to graduate students in need of a refresher, the series can help propel you into the job-seeking world. It helps to build confidence by being able to share ideas and work through the process of finding a job with peers rather than against them, and Susan and Sarah are great resources to have at your disposal.
I cannot emphasize enough the advantage that the Career Kickstart Series can give to students, especially those who are intimidated by the job or internship search process. Interested? The next set of workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings throughout the Spring 2014 semester from 7:30-9:00pm in PH012. The first meeting, held on January 22nd, will focus on professional etiquette and networking. I promise it will be time well spent!
“Sean MacLennan is a junior in the fitness specialist degree program with a minor in nutrition. She is the event and social media correspondent for IU Kinesiology Club, a UTA for the P215 physiology labs, and a monitor at the Briscoe Fitness and Wellness Center. She hopes to one day own her own wellness center to help people live full, happy, and healthy lives.”
IUSPH Career Services
Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:
•resume and cover letter preparation
•graduate school preparation