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LAUNCH Series Helps Undergrads Build Professional Skills

This fall, the Career Development Center will host the Professional LAUNCH Series, featuring a variety of topics and current trends in professional development during 50 minute sessions. The LAUNCH Series is ideal for undergraduate students who are beginning to think about transitioning to the professional world. Students who attend at least 6 sessions will receive a Professional Development Certificate, meal, and t-shirt.  Sign up in ePACK or drop in to a session if space allows. For questions or additional information, email

Mondays at 4:30pm – Riddick 451 and Thursdays at 6pm – SAS 2229

Topics and learning objectives for the fall include:

Navigating Career Fairs

Monday 9/22

FOR 9/22 WORKSHOP ONLY: Special guest Belk will present their Professional Dress
Tutorial featuring a live student makeover! This special event will be located
at the Piedmont/Mountains Ballroom of Talley and will include a reception

Thursday 9/25

  • How to give a winning elevator speech
  • How to prepare for a career fair
  • What to wear/not to wear

Preparing and Critiquing Resumes

Monday 9/29 and Thursday 10/2

  • The essential 10 skills required by employers
  • How to engage your reader
  • Powerful action verbs

Covering Cover Letters

Monday 10/13 and Thursday 10/16

  • How to structure a cover letter
  • How to communicate effectively through email
  • Thank you letter best practices

Learning “Networthing” and LinkedIn

Monday 10/20 and Thursday 10/23

  • The definition of networking
  • How to build your LinkedIn profile and make connections
  • How to maintain your networth

Searching for Jobs and Internships

Monday 10/27 and Thursday 10/30

  • Using ePACK effectively
  • Be able to create a schedule/strategy for your search
  • Have ideas for job/internship backup plans

Acing Interviews

Monday 11/3 and Thursday 11/6

  • Communication best practices
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • Expectations during the interview

Getting Recognized & Recommended

Monday 11/10 and Thursday 11/13

  • How to develop professional relationships
  • 8 ways to overcome fears when approaching faculty
  • How to build a recommendation folder

Crafting Your Personal Brand

Monday 11/17 and Thursday 11/20

  • What is your personal brand?
  • What is on your personal brand checklist
  • How to become a “thought leader” in your area of expertise


Monday 12/1