2019 Professional Development Conference Schedule of Events
- 9:00-9:30: Check-In in the Adams Atrium
- 9:30-10:00: Keynote Speaker
- 10:00-11:00: Panel Discussion
- 11:00-12:00: Networking Seminar
- 12:00-1:00: Networking Lunch
- 1:00-1:30: Guest Speaker + Q&A
- 1:30-2:30: Workshops
- 2:30-3:00: Closing Remarks
Students will begin to arrive. All attendees will sign in, receive nametags, and a continental breakfast will be provided. Everyone should be seated and be ready for the Keynote Speech to begin.
Nick Mocan, a successful engineer and businessman who works for the engineering for C.F. Crozier & Associates will deliver a Keynote Speech. His speech will traverse his university and professional experience, address the challenges he faced along the way, and the describe the major factors that contributed to his success.
A panel of 5 engineering professional across a wide range of engineering disciplines who range from being very early in their career, to having 20+ years of engineering experience will answer questions from the audience and engage in an informative discussion. Students are asked to have questions prepared in advance.
Katherine Sorenson, an engineering Program Counsellor and Co-op Coordinator well versed in the process of recruitment that allows engineering students to get the jobs that they desire discusses the art of networking with others. Fine-tuned networking skills can allow students to make valuable connections that could allow them to thrive in the professional engineering environment.
All attendees, guest and students alike, will be provided with a lunch, and an opportunity to utilize their networking skills to chat with engineering professionals. Representatives from a wide variety of engineering companies will be in attendance and will be looking to engage in conversation with the bright minds of University of Guelph students!
Guest Speaker + Q&A
Ralf Gellert, a physics professor at the University of Guelph will discuss his research and development of an instrument used by NASA on the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. He will discuss the bridge between science and engineering, and thus offer a unique post-undergraduate degree path that may help student take on a different perspective.
Students will be participating in two different workshops. The “Cover Letter and Resume Building” workshop will help students tailor their cover letters and resume to specific jobs and provide insight on what companies are looking for. The “How to Ace Your Interview” workshop will cover many different aspects of delivering a good interview to ensure that you have the tools to ace your interviews.
To end the day, you will hear from some school representatives. The conference will conclude with some motivational words to send students on their way to a successful engineering career in the future!
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