Turning Community Into Careers

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Dickinson Career Conference offers students and alumni career-development tools

Video by Ben West '14

More than 100 alumni returned to campus this weekend to help students prepare for life after college through the Dickinson Career Conference & Networking Day. In addition to providing plenty of opportunity to network, the Oct. 11 event featured mock interviews and alumni panels offering advice on how to break into careers ranging from finance to social service.

"Networking used to be kind of a taboo word for me," said Kevin Yoo '15, an East Asian studies major who attended the event. "But now I think of it as ... relationship building, so it's very organic."

New this year, the event also offered alumni opportunities to enhance their careers through sessions on developing personal networks and using effective dialogue to foster better professional relationships.

"It's all about building community," said James Liska '09, a senior program officer at The Washington Center who returned to campus for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Career Center, the Office of Engagement and the Dickinson Fund and the Alumni Council. "In my career, all of [my jobs] have come in part by help from Dickinsonians. So alums can help alums by networking, building friendships and community—but also by reconnecting to the college."

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Published October 15, 2014