The Cat Career Conference is your opportunity to jump-start your career and professional development.  Join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for this day-long conference at the University Center to learn about how you can take charge of your future! With four tracks and twenty sessions to choose from, you can tailor your conference experience to fit your needs.  Plus, you'll get FREE breakfast AND lunch! 

To register for the conference, sign in to Cat Career Tracks and click on the "Job Fairs, Workshops, and Info Sessions" tab.  From there, you'll be able to search for the Conference.  Click on the "Register Now" button to sign up!  After you register, you'll be sent an email with a link, where you'll go to select your sessions.  Click here to download an instructional card. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.  This event is free for students.

To make it easy to choose your sessions, we’ve grouped them into four different tracks – Beginners, Beginners+, Job Seekers, and Job Seekers+.  Each track roughly corresponds to your year in school – but sign up for any session that interests you, and you can certainly change your mind before November!  There are offerings from many different departments on campus, and a variety of topics, from Choosing Your Major, to Developing a Professional Presence, to Workplace Communications. Click here for a downloadable copy of the day's agenda, and here for session descriptions.


Pick Your Track

You may be a Beginner if…

… you are not sure what you’d like to do as a career, or haven’t chosen a major.

You may be a Beginner+ if…

…you’re not quite ready to start your job-search, but you’ve decided on a career field. 

You may be a Job Seeker if…

… you’ve got an ideal job in mind, but aren’t sure how to find it. 

You may be a Job Seeker+ if…

…you’ve decided what you want to do, and you want to make sure you get there. 



9:00 AM Welcome (Continental Breakfast provided by Career Services)
10 minute break
9:30 AM Beginners Track Beginners+ Track Jobseeker Track Jobseeker+ Track
Choose Your Major
Lina Blair
What I Wish I Had Known…
Lenette Pynnonen
Interview Skills
Jim Gadzinski
Effective Networking
Andrew Hill
Alumni Office
10 minute break
10:30 AM Skills for Success
Lenette Pynnonen
Internship Opportunities
Steve LaFond
Career Services
Job Search Tools
Melissa Sprouse
Career Services
Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
Shirley Brozzo
10 minute break
11:30 AM Developing a Career Strategy
Human Resources
Ann Sherman and Julane Cappo
Time Management
Jose' Garcia
Developing  a Professional Presence
John Frick
Housing & Residence Life
Workplace Communication
Sara Potter
CAPS Faculty
12:30 PM Lunch (provided by Career Services)
1:30 PM Beginning Resumes
Peter Holliday
Online Branding
Advanced Resumes
Steve LaFond
Career Services
Marketing Yourself
Dr. Irvin Zaenglein
College of Business
10 minute break
2:30 PM Get Involved!
Melissa Esser & Olivia Steil
Center for Student Enrichment
Career Possibilities
Melissa Sprouse
Career Services
Continuing Education
Dr. Brian Cherry
Graduate Studies
Developing a Career Strategy
Human Resources
Ann Sherman and Julane Cappo
3:30 PM End
3:30 - 4:30  Free Professional Headshots: Sponsored by NMU Alumni Association

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Because this event has such limited space, registration is only open to current NMU students.  Alumni are welcome to attend if there are still open spaces after October 25.  An invitational email will be sent out at that time if space is available.  Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis at that time, but still with no cost.   

At this time we do not plan to accept registrations from non-alumni/non-students.