boot camp


Career Boot Camp Breakout Sessions

You may choose one breakout session to attend for each time slot.   Alumni panelists will provide their expertise in several concurrent sessions.

Sessions I  |  Sessions II | Sessions III  | Sessions IV  

10:00 am - 10:50 am    Sessions  I 

Successful Transitions: College to Professional 
You succeeded in college, but what will you have to do differently to succeed in your career?   Learn good business etiquette, behaviors to avoid, and how to be viewed as a promotable new hire from DAY 1.  

Company Research: Critical Steps in Getting Noticed 
Applying for jobs should not be like going on a blind date!  Learn why researching employers is important, what you absolutely must now, and how to use this critical knowledge to your advantage in the interview, in your social media and on the job.         

How to Leverage Externships, Internships & Field Trips  
All three work to your advantage and have helped EIU students get jobs!   Learn how to build professional connections and gain more insight about a career path or company culture through Career Services employer site visits and Externships.   Learn why Internships continue to be the top recruitment tool used by employers and how to get the most out of your experience.       

GLBTQA: Find Supportive Employers & Transition Tips 
Many factors will weigh in to your decision when job searching.  Learn how to properly research non-discrimination policies, corporate culture and benefits.   We will also discuss how to approach resume writing and interviewing to find a fit that is right for you!        

11:00 am - 11:50 am   
Sessions II

Interviewing: Develop Great Answers & Questions 
Congratulations!  You’ve made it all the way to the interview….now what?  The interview is one of the most crucial steps in the job search process so you want to make the most of this opportunity.  Get tips on preparation and how to answer the tough questions as well as what critical mistakes you don’t want to make.

Graduate School:  Is it for Me and How Can I Pay for It? 
Thinking about graduate school?  It is a big decision to make.  Hear about the benefits of graduate study and how to find the right program.  Also learn what to expect during the application and admission process and the benefit of obtaining a graduate assistantship.

Preparing for the Education Interview 
Most school districts have specific questions and evaluation criteria for their recruiting efforts. Candidates are likely to be evaluated in a variety of areas.   Learn what school administrators typically look for and how to achieve becoming the optimal candidate.       

Breaking into Advertising/Marketing & Public Relations
Thinking about getting into Advertising, Marketing or PR?   Learn first-hand what it takes to break into this lucrative career field.    


2:00 pm - 2:50 pm    Sessions III

Network your way to a Job
Did you know that 80% of jobs are not advertised?   How do you find those jobs and get a chance at them?   Through networking!   Networking is one of the most important things you can do in your job search. Find out where to look for contacts, how to build relationships and how to get noticed.  

Breaking into Social Work and Counseling
Do you like helping others?   Find out about rewarding careers that pay well and how to best prepare while still at EIU.           

Financial Services Career Panel
Interested in a career in Financial Services?   Get the inside track from a panel of experts on specialties in this industry, job demands and what employers expect.    

Standout in Sports Marketing & Exercise Science fields
KSS majors!  Learn what it takes to become a standout candidate in these fields.   



3:00 pm - 3:50 pm    Sessions IV

Social Media & Your Job Search
Learn how to maximize your exposure to connect with employers and find internships or jobs using LinkedIn.   Learn how employers are using social media to find you.  

Consulting Careers: Is this the right fit your you? AND How to Approach a Sample Case
Consulting can be a great training ground for senior management positions in Fortune 500 companies.   This lifestyle does have it's perks, but it can also be demanding.    Learn the "in's" and "out's" of this lucrative career field first-hand!    Case studies are a critical component of the interview process for future consultants. Learn crucial tips on how to properly prepare to demonstrate your problem-solving skills, analytical ability, and strategic and logical thinking in a real case study interview question.    

Hot jobs in Healthcare:  The Fastest Growing Industry
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there will be more employment growth within the healthcare sector than in any others this decade.   Learn about the hottest jobs in this growing industry!