Professional Development Sessions at #CDECAICDC 2017

At this year’s Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to attend unique professional development sessions during the conference’s Professional Development Academy on Thursday, April 20.

From 10:30 AM to noon, attendees will have the opportunity to attend either one, 90-minute session, or choose to attend two, 40-minute sessions.

Check out the session below, and be sure to download the DECA Inc. app to learn more about the #CDECAICDC PDAs and meet the speakers.

LinkedIn Insights: Your Future Depends on It | 10:30 AM – Noon
Andy Katzman | Social Assurity LCC

Snapchat and Instagram may be your second home, but LinkedIn is the most important social media platform for students looking to make a strong case for grad school admissions, scholarships, internships and career success. This session is designed for students looking to learn how to fully grasp the powers of LinkedIn including mastering techniques to tailor your skills, activities, and accomplishments to targeted academic and professional opportunities.  This session, designed especially for students who have little or no work experience, will help you acquire needed LinkedIn proficiency for digital portfolio building, social recruiting, and community and affinity-group/influencer networking.

Finding Your Career Lane | 10:30 AM OR 11:20 AM (repeated)
Denise Jones | HR Talent Acquisition Manager, NAPA

A career in the automotive parts industry? You may have never even given this industry a thought, but you’d be surprised at all of the incredible careers available at NAPA, and you don’t have to be a car enthusiast! NAPA HR Talent Acquisition Manager, Denise Jones, will share with you the importance of creating a dynamic personal brand that will help you land the perfect job with the perfect company, tips on internships, interviewing, and how to manage your career once you land that perfect job or internship. So come learn more at this workshop. We think you will really be surprised about all that we have to offer your career!

College Panel | 10:30 AM OR 11:20 AM (repeated)
Dr. Steven Eichmeier | Weber State University
Micah Sieber | Director of Graduate Affairs, Boston University School of Hospitality

Think graduate school isn’t necessary for you or your career goals? This may just change your mind! Explore post-graduate degree opportunities, learn what graduate schools are looking for in applications, and discover how an advanced degree may be the catalyst for your career. Are you ready to own your post-graduate future?

7 Things That Will Make You A Marketing Rock Star | 10:30 AM OR 11:20 AM (repeated)
Willis Turner | President & CEO, SMEI

Everyone markets. Some great, some good and some poorly. How is your marketing story being told? Whether you plan on a career in sales or marketing, your ability to sell in a positive and professional manner will be important to your career readiness. In this session we will help you develop seven things that will propel your career and make you a marketing rock star!

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