Q&A-Focused Professional Viewpoints Aims to Nurture Students Spirit of Inquiry

Q&A-Focused Professional Viewpoints Aims to Nurture Students Spirit of Inquiry

 

The first job chemistry major Sarah Jane Semrad, BA '98, landed out of college was testing the crunchiness of Cheetos in a Frito-Lays laboratory. It wasn't obvious at the time that she was beginning a path to a fulfilling career in nonprofit work, but she was.

Currently the director of membership at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Semrad will be on campus at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 to join a panel of similar professionals on "Leveraging Your Liberal Arts Degree."

The panel kicks off the fourth annual Professional Viewpoints series, hosted by the Office of Personal Career Development. The two-week event, running from Sept. 15-24, includes many such events, focusing on entrepreneurs and career paths in the nonprofit, public policy, and media industries.

"UD fosters a love of learning and sense of inquiry. I think our students should feel encouraged to consider and explore a variety of professional pursuits. The path leading to a gratifying career is often nonlinear," said Adrian Ramirez, senior career services advisor.

Ramirez urges students to begin identifying early in their college life what calls to them.

"In a way, students begin developing their professional interests by strategically identifying campus activities in which to participate.," said Ramirez.

The events in the next two weeks aim to provide students with a chance to ask questions they might be afraid to ask employers at a job fair.

"We only have an event of this magnitude once a year," said Ramirez. "It's critical for students to attend if they're considering employment or internships in the near future."

In addition to panels on specific industries, OPCD also will host mock interviews on Wednesday, Sept. 17, and a resume writing help desk on Friday, Sept. 19. A full schedule of events is available here. Join the conversation on Twitter with #proviewpoints.

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