Current Students and Alumni

The Center for Career and Professional Development offers comprehensive support to both current students and alumni in advancing their career needs.

We provide support to help you whether your goal is to get an internship, a job or go to grad school. Not sure how to get started? Then let us help. You can attend events or get help writing your resume or completing a self-assessment.

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us. We're excited to help!

Attend Events and Workshops:

Registration for all Center for Career & Professional Development events is required. 

Log in to HAWKS HUNT and follow the Student/Alumni link to Career Events.

Graduate School Week 2017

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Monday, September 25th-Friday, September 29th

Join CCPD for a week of programming to explore and prepare for graduate school. Events are co-sponsored by RWU Graduate Admissions and RWU School of Law. More events and details will be added as they are confirmed. Students, please register for Graduate School Week events in advance in Hawks Hunt.

Monday, September 25th

Graduate Programs in Public Health with Drs. Tom Sorger and Kerri Warren | MNS214 | 5-6PM

Learn from RWU Professors Tom Sorger and Kerri Warren about exploring and preparing for graduate programs in Public Health.

Tuesday, September 26th

Service Year Programs | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center | 5-6PM

Explore the thought of a service year after graduation. Members from service organizations such as CityYear, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps will join us to discuss their experiences as well as the benefits of doing a service year after graduation.

Wednesday, September 27th

Ask the Recruiter: Graduate School Panel | Global Heritage Hall G05 | 12-1PM

Converse with recruiters from various graduate schools throughout New England. Recruiters will be discussing the application process, choosing a program as well as giving tips on how to be successful in graduate school.

Ask the Recruiter: Law School Panel | Law School Bayview Room | 12-1PM

Converse with recruiters from various law schools throughout New England. The discussion will be about the application process, choosing a program, and tips on becoming a successful law school student.

Graduate & Professional School Fair | Global Heritage Hall Lobby & Atrium | 1-4PM

Meet with representatives from over twenty different graduate programs around New England. Discuss your options with recruiters and find out if graduate school is for you. All majors and class years are encouraged to attend.

The Law Application Process with Professor Lisa Newcity | CAS 162 | 4-4:30PM

Step-by-step instructions on how the law school application process works. Pre-Law Advisor and SJS Professor Lisa Newcity will be running the dialogue and will be available to answer questions about programs and the process.

School of Justice Studies 3+3 Program Information Session with Professor Lisa Newcity | CAS 162 | 4:30-5:30PM

Informational session explaining the 3+3 program here at RWU. Professor Newcity will discuss the benefits of the program as well as answer any questions.

MA in Literacy Education Information Session & Class Shadow with Professor Susan Pasquarelli | SED 084 | 4:30PM

Are you a certified K-12 teacher? Interested in becoming a reading specialist? Visit the RWU School of Education, learn about the program from current students and professors, and attend a class to see if this program is for you.

RWU MBA 4+1 Program Information Session | SB308 | 5-6PM

This informative session explains the RWU MBA 4+1 Program and its benefits. There will be an open discussion for students to ask questions about the program, the process, and the benefits of the degree. 

Thursday, September 28th

Financing Your Graduate Education with Rhode Island Student Loan Association | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center | 1-2PM

This informative session explains the various ways a student can get funding for their graduate education. Learn about the various options such as loans, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, etc.

Grad School 101 with RWU Graduate Admissions | Admissions Media Room | 5-6PM

Marcus Hanscom, Director of Graduate Admissions, explains preparing for the graduate school application process, how to know if you're ready for graduate school, and what it takes to be a successful student.

Friday, September 29th

Practice LSAT with Princeton Review | LAW 285 | 10AM-2PM

Think you know your stuff? Take a practice LSAT to see where you're at and what you can continue to work on to give yourself the strongest foundation for your law school applications. Register in advance with Princeton Review: http://law.rwu.edu/event/free-practice-lsat-test-1.

Preparing for Graduate Programs in the Health Professions with Drs. Lonnie Guralnick and Kerri Warren | GHH G05 | 3:30-4:30PM

Learn from RWU Professors Lonnie Guralnick and Kerri Warren about exploring and preparing for graduate programs in the health professions.

Monday, October 2nd

RWU Criminal Justice 4+1 Program Information Session | CAS125 | 5-6PM

This informative session explains the RWU Criminal Justice 4+1 Program and its benefits. There will be an open discussion for students to ask questions about the program, the process, and the benefits of the degree. 

Career Week Fall 2017

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Monday, October 23rd-Saturday, October 28th

Join CCPD for Career Week. You will have the opportunity to meet alumni and employers in a variety of settings. Our goal is to provide you with programming in a variety of formats that will provide information regarding career and life after Roger. Students, please register for Career Week events in advance in Hawks Hunt.

Monday, October 23rd

Resume Reviews & Mock Interviews with Employers & Alumni | 1-5PM | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Main Library
Schedule your chance to have your resume reviewed or practice your interview skills with employers. Sign up is available in the CCPD office—Global Heritage Hall, First Floor.

Tuesday, October 24th

Resume Reviews & Mock Interviews with Employers & Alumni | 1-5PM | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Main Library
Schedule your chance to have your resume reviewed or practice your interview skills with employers. Sign up is available in the CCPD office—Global Heritage Hall, First Floor.

Wednesday, October 25th

Fall Career Fair | 11AM-4PM | Field House
Come to the Fall Career Fair to meet employers and alumni and learn about internship and job opportunities in your field. All majors and class years are encouraged to attend. Visit Hawks Hunt to register and view a list of attending employers.

Thursday, October 26th

Health & Human Services Industry Panel | 2-4PM | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Main Library
Network with professionals in the field and get a better understanding of the Health and Human Services industries. Representatives from Dorcas International Institute of RI, RI Food Bank, RI Free Clinic, Newport Hospital, RI Department of Health, Looking Upwards, and Youth Pride will be participating.

Media & Entertainment Industry Panel | 5:30-7:30PM | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Main Library
Network with professionals in the field and get a better understanding of the Media and Entertainment industries. Representatives from RI Film Festival, Mohegan Sun, The Beat Seats, RWU Editorial Services, The Road Show, and Add Venture will be participating.

Friday, October 27th

English & Creative Writing Alumni Panel & Networking Reception | 12:30-3PM | Sailing Center
Attend this informative panel to learn from the experiences of English and Creative Writing alumni. Learn more about possible job opportunities and network with professionals. Lunch will be served.

Saturday, October 28th

Going Pro | 9AM-3PM | Appellate Court Room, Law School
Going Pro is a professional development conference for students in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts and network.

Video Presentations

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FCAS Networking Panels

Creative Wtng./Eng. Panel

Math/Science Panel

PR/Journalism Panel

Post Graduation Panel

Senior Boot Camp

Dena Davis - Grad Panel

Get Ready for the Teacher Job Search
Graduate School Series 
Life After RWU

Career Fair Success

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Preparing for and Experiencing a Successful Career Fair
  • Read through and follow the tips below.
  • Research the organizations coming - remember that positions available are not always obvious by the organization name.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and dress and carry yourself with confidence.
Tips On Making The Career Fair A Success For You
  1. Know your goals. A realistic goal for attending a fair is to get an idea of what employers are looking for or to be invited for an interview at the company at a later date. Do not expect to be offered a job today.
  2. Are you dressed appropriately in business attire and wearing comfortable shoes?
  3. Use your best handshake, make eye contact and give an award-winning smile when you introduce yourself.
  4. Bring 20+ error free resumes with you; do not fold them. Use a portfolio, briefcase, or shoulder bag to hold resumes, corporate literature, and all the materials you will collect.  Your resume should have been reviewed by the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you have not made an appointment yet and attend or have graduated from RWU, please feel free to do so.
  5. Be enthusiastic! Employers identify the most important personal attribute you can bring to your first regular employment position is "Enthusiasm."  Project interest in the company.
  6. There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are. DON'T BE OVERWHELMED. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on benefits of the experience.
  7. Visit with employers who do not have students at their tables. Even if you have never heard of the company you might be surprised at the types of opportunities they may have.
  8. Remember to thank the person you talk to and take their business card for a formal follow up.
  9. Most of the employers will have information about their companies - feel free to take what is offered. Please don't take the information if you don't want it, politely say, "No Thank you."
  10. Employers expect to interact with students seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations.
  11. Review the list of organizations who will be attending the career and internship fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Research the organization's website.
  12. Practice answering the questions: Tell Me About Yourself? What are you interested in doing after graduation? Be able to deliver a 30 second 'commercial' about yourself to an employer.
  13. Prioritize the list of employers you want to speak with and go directly to their tables. Walk up and down the aisles first looking at who is present -you don't want to miss anyone while waiting to speak with someone else or even interviewing.
  14. Be ready to make conversation and ask intelligent questions--making you a much more interesting candidate than those who ask "So. What do you guys do?"
  15. Your goal is to get a interview. If you're genuinely interested, let them know! "I am quite excited about the possibilities your company offers, and I think I have the talent to help you achieve your goals.... What do I need to do to arrange an interview?" If an interview isn't arranged immediately, don't despair.
  16. Be prepared to discuss where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a job, what your most relevant skills are.
  17. Within two weeks after the Career Fair, send a thank you note to the representatives you met and with whom you want to follow up - making sure to use contact information on the business cards you asked for at the event.

Classroom Presentations

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The Center for Career & Professional Development is proud to be able to offer the following programs to the Roger Williams University community. We are happy to work with you to present to any size group, students, faculty, or staff. Past presentations have been given in the classroom; for student organizations, clubs, and athletic teams; and for leadership training or staff development.

To schedule a presentation, or simply get more information, please email the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you do not see your topic here, please contact us to discuss your group's needs.

Programs Designed for All Students/Audiences

Service Learning at RWU - in conjunction with FSL
The philosophy of the program and the requirements for fulfilling them are discussed.  This program can be customized based on the demographics of the participants

Customized Programs
The Center for Career & Professional Development is able to design programs based on the needs of the audience. We are happy to work with a faculty member, administrator or student organization to design a program.

Internships
Educate your students about the value and process of obtaining an experiential educational opportunity.

Social Networking/Informational Interviewing
Informational interviewing is a wonderful way to meet professionals while learning about their career fields. Social Networking is a successful tool to utilize during a person's career. We can introduce these concepts to your students in this presentation. Covering LinkedIn, Facebook and more.

Cover Letter and Resume Development
Cover letters and resumes are essential tools to launch a career. Let us teach your students how.

Career Fair Success
Students have approximately 30 seconds to make a good impression at a Career Fair. We can teach them how to do it well.

Online Job Search Skills
Learn how to conduct an effective and safe job search.

Interviewing

The cover letter and resume have been a success. The student now has an interview!  Let us teach your students the SKILL of interviewing and follow-up. With appropriate notice, we will invite employers to join us to share their perspective on interviewing.

Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers

Successful interviewing has led to multiple job offers. How do you decide? Salary is just one indicator. We will discuss benefits, cultures and career opportunities within organizations. We will also discuss how to ask for what you need and/or want during the offer stage.

Success on the Job

This program will address etiquette and cultural diversity in a work setting. Guest speakers may be included.