Events

Professional U Speaker Series

About

Professional U is a speaker series that is designed to provide free professional development seminars to students. Each seminar covers a variety of topics for students in all stages of their career preparation.

Series Dates

March 20, 2014
Going to Graduate or Professional School? Give Yourself the Competitive Edge!
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., MSC 4200
Presented by: Alicia Walker, Career Services; Dr. Leonor O'Relly, Testing Services; Ashley Annis, Writing Center; Peter Harries, Office of Graduate Studies

About Your Presenters

Alicia Walker works as a Career Counselor within USF Career Services.  She holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.  Alicia is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and enjoys helping students plan for their future by exploring both their educational and personal interests.

Leonor V. O'Relly, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, USF, is Director of USF Testing Services and Adjunct Instructor for the USF World Languages Department.

Ashley Annis is a second-year MFA student in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction. She is currently working on an experimental form piece that uses medical documents, police records and other paperwork to tell stories. She teaches Creative Writing and Composition courses here at USF and has been a Writing Center consultant for four consecutive semesters.

Peter Harries has been at USF for over 20 years and is a Professor in the School of Geosciences and the Assistant Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Although he spends most of his time engaged in broader issues of graduate education at USF, he also tries to find time to continue his research in better understanding greenhouse climates of the past.

Overview
Learn tips, strategies, practical advice and action steps you can take to be competitive for graduate school.

March 26, 2014
Creating & Building Professional Relationships: On & Off Campus
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Alumni Center Traditions Hall
Presented by: Michael Hageloh, College of Business

About Your Presenter
Serving as director of special projects focused on the sales education initiative at the University of South Florida, Michael Hageloh is a proven sales executive with more than 20 years of experience.

Much of that experience is with Apple Inc., beginning in the company's education division in 1988. Hageloh moved into a crucial role within Apple's sales organization, leading a diverse team to generate $109 million in direct revenue. In that role, he developed a vertical education selling strategy and forged relationships with thought leaders, policymakers, and other influencers in the education and technology spheres. He also has experience in a key academic sales role at Adobe, where along with French banking and financial services firm Société Générale he facilitated a unique single licensing transaction valued at $11.7 million.

Hageloh has a long history with USF – he worked with USF to develop contributions to Apple's iTunes U and pioneered Apple's largest collegiate athletic deal with USF. In addition, he was appointed to the $600 million Unstoppable Campaign for the College of Education. Hageloh holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Overview
This presentation will cover why it's important to develop and cultivate professional relationships, how to identify individuals to be part of your professional network, creating meaningful relationships with faculty and professionals in your career paths, and what behaviors must be demonstrated to show others that you are someone they want to develop and maintain a professional relationship with.

March 27, 2014
Creating a Persuasive Cover Letter
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., LIB 209
Presented by: Megan McIntyre, Writing Center

About Your Presenter
Megan McIntyre is the Assistant Coordinator of the USF Writing Center. She has taught and tutored writing at the collegiate level for the last seven years. She is also a fourth year PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition writing a dissertation about social media responses to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Overview
Cover letters provide an opportunity to demonstrate your compatibility with the position you want and the company you want to work for while allowing you an opportunity to display your professional personality. This workshop will help you craft a letter that highlights your unique qualifications for a specific position. Each participant should bring a copy of a job ad and his/her résumé.

April 9, 2014
Beyond the Bull: Life After Graduation
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Alumni Center Traditions Hall
Presented by: James Wilson, Bull2Bull: Financial Education@ USF

About Your Presenter
James Wilson is an alumnus of USF for both his B.S. in Social Studies Education and his M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, College Student Affairs.  As a Graduate Assistant in the University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services office he began his study of the intricacies of federal financial aid.  He graduated in the Spring of 2012 and within eight months went from being a part-time employee, to Financial Aid Advisor, and finally the Financial Education @ USF Bull2Bull Team Manager.  When he can get a clear enough AM radio signal, he is an avid listener of Dave Ramsey's radio show that teaches sensible financial literacy skills to millions of listeners.  He is passionate about saving money and informing college students how to limit their student loan debt, repaying said debt in the easiest way possible, and teaching students ways to have their federal student loans forgiven.  When not at the beach, he can be found playing guitar, running, and playing random board games of skill.

Overview
Have you ever wondered how you are going to pay your bills once you graduate?  "Beyond the Bull" targets USF seniors in an interactive seminar that covers the following topics

Learn about these topics and more during this one hour seminar. If you attend, you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 scholarship.

April 16, 2014
Get LinkedIn to Your Career
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., SVC 5012
Presented by: Ashley Motley, Career Services

About Your Presenter

After an undergraduate career at Kansas State University, Ashley Motley pursued an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida and completed the program in 2011. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Career Specialist - a peer position created to educate students on how to conduct career research as part of the career development process. Within graduate school, she worked as a Graduate Assistant within Career Services to learn how to advise students, manage student employment programs, and coordinate employer relations and was then hired into a full-time USF Career Services position in 2011 as an FWS Career Advisor & Employer Relations Coordinator. She has worked within career education for 7 years and enjoys using employer feedback to help educate students on how to present themselves in a professional manner on LinkedIn and utilize the social media outlet to perform career research. When not working with students, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and newborn daughter.

Overview
In this intro to all things LinkedIn, students will learn how to

April 24, 2014
Crafting e-Portfolios & Web Presences
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., LIB 209
Presented by: Ashley Annis, Writing Center

About Your Presenter
Ashley Annis is a second year MFA student in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction. She is currently working on an experimental form piece that uses medical documents, police records and other paperwork to tell stories. She teaches Creative Writing and Composition courses here at USF and has been a Writing Center consultant for four consecutive semesters.

Overview
In the age of Google, controlling your online identity is a key part of the job search. This workshop will provide insight into crafting impactful, professional, and easy to navigate digital portfolios, social media accounts, and online professional profiles. Each participant should bring a copy of a job and his/her resume.