To request a presentation for your class, student organization or other event, please complete and submit the form below.
If you need confirmation before three (3) business days, please complete this form AND call Career Services at (512) 245-2645.
Identify your requested topic from the list below or suggest a customized topic.
A typical class presentation is designed for 50 minutes but can be adjusted for a shorter/longer presentation length, as needed.**
**NOTE: All the topics are available for anyone requesting a presentation (whether that be a class, student organization, group event, etc.). Some topics, however, are designed with a particular classification/year of study in mind or are most popular with that population; if so, they will be indicated by parentheses in the title.
Overview of Career Services (First-Year Favorite)
- This 20-30 minute presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the services and resources available to students and alumni, through all stages of their career development.
Find Your Fit: Exploring Your Career Options (First-Year Favorite)
- This presentation outlines the career decision-making and planning processes while providing students an overview of helpful tools, like Focus 2, to explore options for careers and majors. The relationship between academic major fit and life-long career success is also emphasized.
First Job in College: The Basics for Finding a Part-Time Job (First-Year Favorite)
- This presentation, typically targeted for first-year students, is focused on providing students the basic foundations of how to navigate their first part-time job search in college. Topics such as building one’s first resume, locating job opportunities on-campus and off-campus, and using Handshake for the first time will be discussed.
Plan Ahead for Career Success: Maximize Your Experience through Internships and Other Experiential Opportunities (First-Year Favorite)
- This presentation is designed to help students learn about available opportunities for career development/exploration like pursuing internships, student organizations, volunteer work, research, job shadows, and more. We will cover the benefits of participating in these types of experiential opportunities as well as detail the steps involved in identifying, pursuing, and maximizing these opportunities.
Developing and Showcasing Marketable Skills to Become Career Ready (First-Year Favorite; Popular with Student Organizations; Can be Tailored to Specific Degrees)
- This presentation is designed to discuss the skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings. These skills can be either primary or complementary to an academic major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular and extracurricular activities. Particularly, we’ll cover the National Association of Colleges and Universities (NACE) career competencies, such as communication, leadership, and professionalism. The Texas State online "marketable skills search" tool, specific for each major, will be discussed.
Creating Resumes and Cover Letters
- This presentation is designed to share tips for writing an effective resume and cover letter, while also sharing a general overview of the purpose and importance of these two career documents.
Networking and Making Career Connections Online and In-Person
- This presentation is designed to discuss the power of networking and utilizing tools/tips to showcase the best self, like in an informational interview or through a LinkedIn profile, and being prepared to make a good impression through personal dress and professional communication and habits. Topics could include building and maintaining a professional network, leveraging networking in the job search process, and portraying a professional brand online and in-person.
- * Note: this is not a workshop designed to be a how-to create/setup a profile on LinkedIn.
The Job-Search Process
- This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the current, online job-search process, share tips regarding the right preparation, and discuss websites to find possible jobs of interest. Online investigation is only one part of a smart job-search strategy, so informational interviewing (i.e. talking to the people who work in the field) and networking will also be discussed.
- This 20-30 minute presentation is designed to provide a general overview of Handshake, Texas State’s online platform for career opportunities/events and a job database. We will discuss the benefits of having a complete profile and how to maximize this tool for career exploration and job searches (for on-campus, part-time, or full-time jobs, work study positions, and internships).
Preparing for a Career Fair
- This presentation is designed to cover tips on what a student needs to know for in-person, as well as virtual, job fairs – from getting ready for the event, to making a great impression, then following up afterward.
Acing the Interview
- This presentation is designed to share strategies and best practices to maximize the success of a job interview, whether the interview is by phone, video, or in-person.
College to Career: First Professional Job (Best for Junior, Senior, and Graduate Level Students)
- This presentation is designed to offer some tips and skills needed to transition from college student to professional. Topics could include how to navigate salary/benefit negotiations, how to convey professionalism through personal dress, how they respond to others, professional habits and work ethic, and/or how one’s college experience provides numerous opportunities to develop skills that will lead to career success.
Deciding on Graduate School
- This presentation is designed to address things to consider when thinking about whether or not to attend graduate school, and if doing so, how to decide on a graduate school or program (i.e. type, size, and location of the institution, cost of attendance, quality of faculty, specializations offered, facilities, and environment of the institution), and to discuss some of the steps in the application process.
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