September 28 – October 3, 2020
The Hollins alumnae/i network was in action September 28 through October 3 during our virtual conference week: Hollins Career Connection Conference (C3), Prelude to C3: A Virtual Conference. Students learned from a variety of alumnae/i conference leaders who showcased the lifelong power of a liberal arts education, shared their insights on life and work, and helped students connect to others in their networks. Whether you are a first-year student or a senior, a double major or undecided, career-ambitious or career-confused, there is always a place for you at Hollins C3!
Check out the New Virtual format for C3 2020!
Online registration opens Monday, September 7, 2020. (Registration is now closed).
Prelude to C3 2020 program booklet (PDF)
This year’s C3 included networking Zoom sessions from Monday to Friday followed by a keynote speaker, as well as 1:1 informal interviews on Saturday. Since most jobs don’t come from postings but through personal and professional connections, maximize your future opportunities by connecting with the Green and Gold network at C3!
Full Schedule below:
Monday, September 28
Healing and Healthcare, 5:30 pm
- Seven out of the top 10 occupations are categorized in the pre-health area. Popular pre-health areas launch into physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, and more. Employment in this area is expected to grow 14 percent in the next eight years. In this session, alumnae/i will discuss the paths that led them to their current roles, illuminating different ways on how one can make a difference in improving the well-being of others.
Life After Hollins, 5:30 pm
- Launching out of Hollins can be cause for both celebration and anxiety. This session will deliver tried-and-true strategies on relocating to a new city, finding housing, managing finances, finding a mentor and new social network, and overcoming transitional challenges that may affect you emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! And these alumnae/i have YOUR back.
Tuesday, September 29
Aiming for Advanced Study, 5:30 pm
- This is not a panel about how to apply to or find graduate programs in any particular field (faculty, the career center, and alumnae/i mentors are available year-round to help with those inquiries). Rather, this session will generate a robust discussion about how you will know whether or when to pursue an advanced degree in a rapidly changing economy. Today’s students are among the most indebted in history and many graduate and/or doctoral students are considering alternative careers given few available faculty positions. In addition, graduate schools often value applicants with prior work experience as that often leads to more informed and intentional plans for advanced study. When is a graduate degree a ticket to upward mobility and when might it carry unacceptable opportunity costs or debt? Alumnae/i conference leaders will lead a lively discussion about how to determine if and when advanced study is right for you.
Wednesday, September 30
Curating Culture, 5:30 pm
- Designing a life is itself a profoundly creative act. In this panel we will hear from alumnae/i who have found ways in different roles and work/life configurations to express their commitment to the arts and culture. Alumnae/i in this session will discuss how they keep the arts and humanities alive—for themselves and others.
- Today, digital and social media have a significant impact on recruiting, networking, and job searching. You must be strategic about how you represent yourself online. What are employers looking for in your online presence and social media profiles? How do you use media most effectively for networking and job hunting? How can you market media savvy on your resume? How can you clean up a problematic online presence? Experienced in communications, the alumnae/i presenters in this session will answer such questions and more!
Thursday, October 1
Innovative Endeavors, 5:30 pm
- By some estimates, today’s students will change jobs as many as 15 times over their life course, including moving into roles or organizations that don’t yet exist. This session will highlight the innovative mindset required to stay agile and find new business opportunities in a rapidly changing world. This roundtable will explore the business strategies pursued by Hollins students who will also reflect on how a liberal arts education enabled them to succeed in their fields.
Friday, October 2
- Historically, if you asked children from most cultures to draw a scientist, engineer, or mathematician, they would not picture a woman. At Hollins, we are proud to boast many science majors and alumnae/i working in related fields. Representing business, data analytics, scientific research, and environmental compliance, alumnae/i in this session will discuss how to pioneer your way into fields where women have been historically underrepresented and make your own unique contributions.
Life After Hollins, 12 pm
- Launching out of Hollins can be cause for both celebration and anxiety. This session will deliver tried and true strategies on relocating to a new city and finding housing, managing finances, finding a mentor and new social network, and overcoming transitional challenges that may affect you emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! And these alumnae/i have YOUR back.
Saturday, October 3
Aheri Stanford-Asiyo ’05
Super Saturday: Interactive Connections with Hollins Alumnae/i, 1 – 4 pm
It wouldn’t be a Career Connection Conference without time to connect one-on-one and face-to-face! These Zoom sessions allow for focused exchanges between students and alumnae/i for the purpose of career mentoring through general networking and informational interviews. Students must participate in one of the field-based or process-oriented sessions to participate in Super Saturday.
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