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Grad Day 2016

Join us for a full day of personal and professional development crafted to help graduating students and young alumni successfully transition to the next step, whether it be work, travel or the pursuit of a graduate degree.

Hear from alumni about how to make your last year memorable and be successful in your job search. Learn how to identify and leverage your strengths with the StrengthsQuest assessment. Other topics include: Networking, Debt management, Paving your way to success, and much more!

This year's Keynote Speaker is:

Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende
Co-founder and Director of Gen Y Inc., Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary

Eric Termuende is a Co-Founder and Director of Gen Y Inc., a culture group focused on the future of work. Eric was recently recognized at one of the 2015 American Express Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally and sits as Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Canadian G20 YEA Delegation, and is a former University of Calgary SU Vice President, Class Ambassador (2014), and youngest Ditchley Foundation attendee. Finally, Eric is a speaker for the National Speaker's Bureau and is traveling the country speaking about workplace culture and the next generation of work.

Saturday, January 30 2016
11:30am - 6:00pm
EEEL Building

Student RSVP

Recent Grad RSVP

Please note: Your registration includes lunch and access to the full day of programming. Please send a cancellation email if you register and are unable to attend so that numbers and the catering order can be adjusted.

10:30 am - 11:30 am Delegate Check-in and Registration
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Alumni Panel Discussion
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Boxed lunches, Grad Checks with Student Advisors, Resume Reviews, StrengthsQuest assessments and FREE Professional Headshots
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop A (Please choose one):
  1. HR Recruiter Panel
  2. Financial Planning for NOW and future
  3. Respect in the Workplace
  4. Last Lecture with Houston Peschl, MBA
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break/Transition
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Workshop B (Please choose one):
  1. Recent Grad Panel: Branding yourself online
  2. Networking: Not just a buzz word!
  3. Exploring your options after graduation
  4. Transition: Tips on Surviving and Thriving during Uncertain Times
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Alumni Registration Table open for Keynote
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Seating for Keynote
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Keynote address: Eric Termuende, Gen Y Inc.

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Session Descriptions

HR Recruiter Panel

Find out what recruiters are saying about hiring in the current economy and learn what it takes to stand out in this competitive environment.

Financial Planning for NOW and the future

With the average student graduating with up to $37,000 in debt, it’s easy to get in over your head. Upon graduation, you will be faced with many financial decisions. Whether your goal is to pay off your student loan, save for your first home, start a family or take a post-grad trip around the world, you need smart money management skills to make it all possible.

Respect in the Workplace

The business landscape and traditional training methods currently being used to address these issues in the workplace tend to come in the form of instituted policies, procedures and periodic training. This training is typically offered only to middle and upper management or “Train the Trainer” scenarios. Respect in the Workplace (RIW) a 90 minute online interactive training experience and program is proven to deal more effectively with abuse, harassment, and bullying in the workplace than traditional classroom-based workshops, booklets or videos and is being offer to U of C Graduating students. Learn how you can begin your career with Respect Certification and give yourself a competitive advantage in your career search and overall efforts. Become Respect Certified!

Last Lecture with Houston Peschl, MBA

Get inspired by Haskayne instructor, former DIRTT Environmental Solutions director and 2012 Top 40 Under 40 alumnus Houston Peschl. Hear what Houston has to say about making your mark on the world and creating your own future.

Recent Grad Panel: Branding yourself online

Learn from a panel of young alumni how to ensure that your online persona enhances your workplace marketability. This will be an interactive session where you can have your questions answered.

Networking: Not just a buzz word!

Find out what networking is, how you can create or expand your own professional network and why it is important.

Exploring your options after graduation

Join in and talk to a panel of grad students about the options for furthering your education and the experiential value of travel and how it can enhance your resume or grad school applications.

Transition: Tips on Surviving and Thriving during Uncertain Times

Ready or not, we all have to navigate numerous transitions in our life, such as from “student” to “life after university”. Whatever the circumstance, navigating the grey zone of transition can be difficult. Join Dr. Jennifer Thannhauser to learn specific strategies to enhance your resilience and maintain your wellness through self-compassion and a growth mindset.