Workshop Descriptions

Workshop topics for C2CR will cover a wide variety of areas that deal with the transition into the world of work, and life in general after college. Though workshop topics can change, common topics covered each academic year include:

Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Effective problem-solving skills enable employees to analyze problems and assess the impact of alternative solutions. Through case studies and strategy training, students learn how to effectively handle issues as they arise in today’s ever-changing global economy.

Networking Reception

This business networking event gives participants an opportunity to learn strategies for networking at a business social or similar event. Instruction is given during the program, as well as actual networking time to practice what was learned.

Professional Dress/Work Behavior

This session focuses on the particulars of dressing and acting in a professional manner. The focus is not only on the differences between college and the world of work but also on understanding the organization that employs you and maintaining a positive and professional image.

First Year on the Job

Life in the working world can be vastly different than the college campus experience. Learn about transition issues from recent graduates faced as they acclimated into their first full-time jobs.

Managing an Office

This is an entry level workshop on some of the skills that go into managing an office. Learn strategies for planning, managing a budget, supervising employees, and collecting data in a hands-on workshop. 

Presentation Skills

Communication skills have continually been listed in the top five skills desired by employers for over 20 years. This is simply one of those soft skills that is always in demand. Instruction includes how to organize a presentation and engage your audience.

Mock Interview

Despite the prominent role of the interview in the hiring process, students often don’t get the opportunity to learn and practice interviewing skills before interviewing for an actual position. This event offers the chance to practice and get feedback from a professional.

Managing Finances

Seven in ten college seniors (71%) who graduated last year had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation (federal and private loans combined) increased an average of six percent each year. (The Institute for College & Success 2013). Besides the fact that many new graduates start their first post-college jobs with this kind of debt, many have no idea how to manage or budget what they earn in salary. This program provides a framework for managing spending and moving towards saving.

Effective Written Communication in the Business World

From reports to manuals to emails to memos, written communication is extremely important and valued in the business community. Learn strategies to improve writing in different areas of the business world and understand how poor writing can result in confusion and costly errors.

Using Technology to Increase Productivity

Technology continues to develop at an astounding rate. Incorporating technology can often be intimidating merely because it is so hard to keep up with changes and new developments. Yet learning a few new programs can greatly enhance the way you approach work and life. This workshop focuses on how you can use technology to increase your productivity.

Conflict Resolution in Work Settings

Just about everyone who has had a job of some kind has experienced the uncomfortable feeling that comes from having unresolved conflicts with co-workers. Many times these conflicts are ignored or resolved badly. This does not make them go away! The effects on the company can lead to a variety of consequences including loss of productivity, absenteeism and, turnover. This workshop includes analysis and discussion of actual situations that occurred and strategies for how to handle them.

Accepting Criticism/Feedback

Criticism never feels constructive, yet we often hear the phrase constructive criticism. Though students have gotten this kind of feedback on papers and tests, they haven’t often received criticism in a job setting. This workshop deals with understanding expectations at work as well as taking criticism and effectively utilizing this feedback to be successful.

Creating a Brand and Managing Your Image

80 percent of employers report using social media in branding or searching for and contacting potential job candidates (National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015). You might not think you have a brand, but you do. What comes to mind when others think about you? What does your Facebook page communicate? How about any other social media? This workshop focuses on the premise that you control the message about yourself that is conveyed to others. Utilize this to create a brand and image that is positive and communicates your strengths, values, and goals.