2011 Post Graduation Report-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

New for 2012!

January 31, 2012

I am pleased to share a number of new initiatives and approaches adopted by the CPDC in 2012 in effort to improve our services and continue to assist our students and alumni with their career and professional development needs. We ask for your assistance by sharing this information with students, alumni, recruiters, and colleagues.

1.  TechSpark 2012 - It only takes a “Spark” to Start a Fire
A new career networking event designed to provide an engaging platform for entrepreneurs, innovative start-ups, early stage business, and emerging companies interested in connecting and collaborating with our students and alumni. Participating organizations have the opportunity to recruit for their openings as well as share information about their story in brief showcase presentations. The event is highly interactive, and will include a keynote address, presentations from select companies, and a networking reception.

February 13th, 2012 from 6 to 9pm in the Rangos Ballroom.

More information about the program is available at TechSpark.

2. Online Appointment Scheduling
Scheduling an appointment at the CPDC has never been easier. Students and alumni can now simply log into TartanTrak, access their Career Consultant’s schedule, and select the most convenient date and time for a career advising appointment. This new feature also allows students and alumni to learn more about their Career Consultant through a bio and a profile picture.

3. Career Consultant Drop-in Hours
To accommodate students’ busy schedules, the CPDC now offers daily drop-in hours, Monday through Friday from 1pm to 4 pm. Students can stop by during drop-in hours and be seen by a Consultant on a first-come-first-served basis to discuss questions related to career exploration, job search, or post-graduation plans.

4. Resume BLITZ Week
In anticipation of The Spring Employment Opportunities Conference on February 8th, brief resume reviews are offered this week between 9am-12 pm and 1-4 pm.   Additionally, drop-in appointments will be available at the CPDC on Saturday, February 4th from 12 to 4 pm.  In addition to resume reviews, students will also have an opportunity to practice their 30-second ‘commercials’, which are used for promoting themselves to employers during career events.

5. Fee Discounts Attracting More Small and Mid-Size Organizations to EOC
In effort to diversify the types of employers attending this year’s EOC, significant discounts have been offered to organizations with 100 employees or less. This has attracted an unprecedented number of start-ups and mid-sized organizations from various sectors, including government and non-profit. The event is completely sold-out. Students and alumni from all colleges and majors should attend and take advantage of the networking opportunities with recruiters.

February 8th, 12pm to 6pm in the University Center Gym and Rangos Ballroom.

6. C3 Series – Career Connections Colloquium 2012
A series of talks, networking events, and information sessions designed to connect students, alumni, and employers in informal ways to maximize the exchange of career information that is not offered in more tradition settings.
“Voices of Experience” showcases working professionals talking to students about what it takes to succeed in a career. This program provides a great way for you to get some valuable advice from alumni and recruiters, and also spotlight various organizations that recruit at Carnegie Mellon University. Visit our website for more details.

Advice is for Winners: Seeking, Getting, and Using Advice    February 1, 2012
Raul Valdes-Perez--Co-Founder, Vivisimo

The Ups and Downs of a Start-Up - A True Story            February 27, 2012
Luke Skurman --CEO, College Prowler

Networking and Social Media                                          March 28, 2012
Steve Johnson, Sr. Director of User Experience and Design, LinkedIn

‘A Day in the Life’ provides a forum for recent alumni to candidly discuss their career paths and current positions. If you are looking for information about ‘non-traditional’ jobs and careers, this program is for you.

Talk featuring CEO of Shutterfly                                     February, 22, 2012
Other events are current being scheduled and will be posted on our website.

7. Workshop Series for Underrepresented Populations
We’re working hard to meet the needs of our diverse population. The following workshops will be offered to meet the needs of specific underrepresented populations and to make the CPDC more accessible to all students and alumni, and plans are underway to create workshops for other underrepresented populations.

Career Development & ALLIES - a student organization for those of all sexual orientations who support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
                April 5, 2012 from 6-8PM in the University Center (Dowd)

Career Development & Asperger’s Syndrome
                April 12, 2012 from 6-7:30PM in the University Center (McKenna and Peter)

Career Development ADHD
                April 12, 2012 from 6-7:30PM in the University Center (McKenna and Peter)

8. Take a Tartan to Work
A great opportunity for students to gain hands-on exposure and assess your “fit” in different work environments, clarify career goals and direction, and better understand the connection between academics and the world of work.  In the fall, 31 students and 20 employers participated in the program. To date, 41 employers from around the country have registered to provide job shadowing and informational interview opportunities on March 8 & 9, 2012. Application deadline is February 1, 2012. For more information please check out the Take a Tartan to Work page.  Students are encouraged to apply by February 1st, on TartanTrak!

9. 2012 .ORG Non-Profit and Job and Internship Fair
In partnership between Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Point Park University with support by the Forbes Funds, this event will bring over 50 non-profit organizations to meet with students and alumni and discuss career opportunities for the greater good. Register on TartanTrak!
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, 10:30am to 3 pm, Rangos Ballroom.  

10. CAOC for the Creative Souls
An exciting networking event for students and professionals in a range of fields including: art, architecture, sustainable design, urban design, animation, industrial and graphic design, product development, arts administration, theater, music, film and television, interaction design, game design, publishing, writing, multimedia, advertising , museums and other arts. More than 50 organizations and professionals are expected to attend.

March 29th and 30th, 2012, Rangos Ballroom and other campus locations. Visit our website for more details.

Finally, I invite you to visit our website to view the 2011CPDC Annual Report Infographic for more information about the success of our most recent class. We are grateful for your partnership with CPDC and look forward to more collaborations for the benefit of our students and alumni.


Farouk Dey
Director, Career & Professional Development Center


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