Career Webinars

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Join us for a webinar series hosted by alumni industry experts and career coaches on an assortment of supportive career subjects.

From First-Gen Student to First-Gen Professional: Navigating the Transition

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 12 pm ET
Speaker: Bernice Maldonado
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First-generation professionals are trailblazers, forging a path into professional work environments that might be very different from those experienced by their families or loved ones. And while the experience might be supportive for some, the transition might feel insurmountable for others. It can be fraught with complexities as professional and personal worlds collide and sometimes even contradict.

Join us and first-generation professional advocate Bernice Maldonado to learn about her research on the first-gen experience and have a supportive conversation with others who have experienced this transition firsthand. You will also learn how to understand whether an organization’s culture is inclusive to first-gen professionals when choosing to take a job or starting a new role.

As a first-gen college student, Bernice didn’t have a roadmap on how to transition from her working-class roots to professional workplaces. Without mentors, role models, or career guidance, she had to use her curiosity and grit to make it in corporate America.

Bernice is now a strategy consultant and advisor with an expertise in working with first-generation professionals or professionals from working-class backgrounds. She is CEO and Principal Consultant of Catalyst Era, a Los Angeles-based strategy consulting firm dedicated to inclusive change and talent development. She also founded First Gen Talent to research the socioeconomic class impacts on career mobility and provide data-driven insights to drive inclusive change in the workplace.

Bernice now combines her lived experience, consulting expertise, and research to provide strategies and insights on what it really takes to successfully break through the class ceiling.

Demystifying the Recruitment Process With Google

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ 12 pm ET

Interested in learning more about Google? Join this session to learn about Google’s interview format, how to prepare for a technical interview at Google, some common mistakes made during recruitment, and some often-asked sample interview questions.

This session is offered as a partnership between the Alumni Career Program and Google’s Project Pathfinder. It’s aimed at helping foster an equitable hiring process, creating connections, and helping reduce imposter syndrome by supporting University of Michigan alums with resources, materials, and insight into life at Google.

*This event is educational in nature in connecting University of Michigan alums to Google for the purposes of rapport-building and answering your questions. Please note, while this isn’t a recruitment or hiring event, any touchpoint with employers should be considered one in which candidacy may be considered. To prepare, view our Job Search 101 resources on resumes and more.

International Alumni and the Job Search: A Career Design Session for Job Seekers Looking to Relocate to the USA

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 @ 12 pm ET
Speaker: Steph Szuch
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International alumni looking to remain in or relocate from their home countries to the USA face different complexities in the job search. Join Steph Szuch, currently located in Argentina, to not only learn her personal experience of the international job search but to identify and get clarity on:

  • Limiting beliefs for the international job seeker
  • How to reframe transferable skills and their applicability to new career paths
  • Turning your perception of your international candidacy into an asset for prospective employers

*This session is specifically focused on career design for job seekers and is NOT a session in which the technical aspects of visa applications and legal implications for the international job seeker will be discussed.

Steph Szuch is a career design coach who specializes in helping international career changers prepare for and transition into the US workforce. In her mission to support people to build a life of their choosing, she has worked extensively with professionals from around the world to make their transition process more intentional and rewarding. She takes a strengths-based approach to help her clients overcome limiting beliefs, recognize their potential, and gain the confidence to build fulfilling careers.

Steph oversees the Career Design Fellowship at Mission Collaborative and is the founder of Totally Can Coaching.

Career Bites

Miss one of our webinars? Our Career Bites provide you with the top tips from our career experts. Full recordings are also available for viewing anytime.