Upcoming Career Connections Events

Career Connection Event

Career Connections Workshops

These events have been extremely successful. I encourage all English majors and graduate students to take advantage of this opportunity, no matter what year you are. For more details or if you have any questions, please email the English Department.

There are currently no Workshops scheduled.

Previous Events

Resumé Workshop to be held Friday, February 28, 2014; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Building 10, Room 220.

Two English Department alumni, Ann Neumann and Roger Reedy, will facilitate a hands-on resumé workshop specifically tailored to English majors. Whether you are a first year, a fourth year, or a graduate student, this workshop can help you better understand how to successfully present your work and academic experiences. Previous years' workshops helped students land summer internships, summer jobs, and full-time post-graduation positions! 

To get the most out of this workshop, Ann and Roger encourage you to email them a copy of your current resumé by MondayFeb. 24 (roger.reedy@bbsihq.com and ann.neumann@gmail.com). The more  resumés they see in advance, the better the workshop will be. (Please refer to email from Dr. Rummell for the alumni email addresses). Also, if you send them your resumé, please let them know whether they may use it as a model for the workshop. 
We'll have light refreshments, so I'd like a general sense of attendees. Please RSVP to english@calpoly.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 26 if you will attend
Contact Dr. Kathryn Rummell with any questions at krummell@calpoly.edu

Career Connections Panel: January 25, 2014; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Building 22, Room 315.

The English Advisory Board presents a Career Connections Panel featuring four alumni whose preparation in Cal Poly's English program helped them get where they are today. English majors are encouraged to attend this event which will offer answers to the common question, "What can I do with my English degree?".

English majors have a wide variety of careers available to them and the four panelists will share knowledge about their respective fields. The panelists are: Jim Kouf, a screenwriter in L.A.; Bryn Smith, Coordinator of Program Planning, Outreach, and Development for Community Action Partnership of SLO County; Sheldon Smith, the Assistant Superintendent for Lompoc Unified School District; and Sarah Storelli, a Client Executive at Voce Communications in the Bay Area.Where to go with an English Degree?


Bi-Annual Speed Networking: January 26, 2013, 3:30-5:30pm in UU 220

Modeled on Speed Dating, Speed Networking connects students and alumni in order to share career information and advice.  Alumni sit at stations and groups of students rotate through these stations in regular intervals.  The process introduces students to alumni and their careers, and provides an opportunity for alumni networking.

English Department Mentors
2013 Mentors from left to right: Paul Verke, Sheldon Smith, Scott Cody, Jim Kouf,
Desirae Vanek, Erika Fitzgerald, Megan LaPlante, Dru Zackmeyer, Sue Birkenseer,
Lauren Babek, Bryn Smith, Ann Neumann, Katie Isaacs, Kathryn Rummell, Roger Reedy













January 2013 comments: "Modeled on the "Speed Dating" phenomenon, Speed Networking is a time-efficient way for current English majors to gain exposure to a variety of different careers open to them. This year's event was attended by 14 alumni who shared their wisdom on careers as varied as attorney to screenwriter with over 60 English majors. The event was an overwhelming success."

Annual Interview Workshop: April 5, 2013, Noon - 2pm in 10-220

Looking for a post-graduation position? Thinking about a summer job? Then come to the third annual Career Connections Interview Workshop on Friday, April 5.

Cal Poly English alumni Roger Reedy and Ann Neumann will help you prepare for a host of different interview scenarios and will teach you how to best sell your liberal arts degree. Contrary to what you may have heard, English degrees are HOT commodities in the work world, but we often don't know how to best present our skills and knowledge. Roger and Ann will help you capitalize on your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. The workshop is appropriate for all English majors and graduate students, regardless of your year or future goals.

The workshop is on Friday, April 5 from 12:00-2:00, in 10-220. Pizza and drinks will be served. In order to plan effectively, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 2 to:

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