Annual Pepperdine Career Week | Pepperdine University

Annual Pepperdine Career Week

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January 30 - February 3, 2017


The ninth annual Pepperdine Career Week is open to all Pepperdine University students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. The week features professional development activities and programs for students preparing to make the transition from classroom to career and alumni seeking a competitive advantage in the workplace. Events will occur over five days at five Pepperdine campuses across Southern California as well as online sessions. Check out the list of events below - all programs are free to attend unless indicated. Visit the Pepperdine Career Services website for more resources.

*Featured Event* 

Career Connections - Alumni Leadership Council Speed Networking Event

Friday, January 27, 2017
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Fireside Room

Kick off Career Week by practicing your networking skills with 30+ members of the Pepperdine Alumni Leadership Council! Similar in format to "speed dating", this event is designed to introduce current Seaver College students to alumni from Pepperdine's Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) to increase their professional network and professional knowledge. Students will be able to participate in one of two rounds of speed networking and will meet with four members of the ALC. Students will learn how to make a good first impression, ask questions about different career paths and gain valuable networking experience. Alumni will share their personal and professional experiences, tips, and "wish I knew" moments in the areas of internships, jobs, and social networking.

The Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) is made up of alumni representatives from Pepperdine's six schools and colleges. The ALC members serve as ambassadors for the University, and as advisers for alumni communication and engagement strategies. Click here to learn more about the ALC.

Events & Programs

Monday, January 30, 2017

Event TitleEvent TimeLocationHost SchoolRegistration

How to Brand Yourself
This one-hour session will provide students insight on how to market themselves professionally. They will learn how to market on social media and through other sources such as associations and events. There will be a brief mention of resumes and cover letters to give the proper formatting structure. This interactive workshop will include questions the presenter will pose regarding individual branding and the students create their elevator pitch or tagline while in the session so they can walk away with something they can use while networking.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Malibu, Drescher Campus

School of Public Policy


Applying for Doctoral Programs: The Insider's Guide
Thinking about applying for your doctorate? What can you do, in addition to the conventional steps, to become more competitive in the application process? Learn insider tips from faculty with selection committee experience.

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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. West LA, Graduate Campus (Room 203) & Live Stream Graduate School of Education and Psychology Registration
Tech Industry: It's Not Just About Tech  *POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE*
Jeff Bilbrey, President of Netsol Technologies will speak on how the tech industry offers multiple opportunities for career exploration and growth. Join us to learn about how you can strategize and execute ways to grow your career in the tech industry.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus Seaver College Registration
Your Identity in the Marketplace: Living Out Your Faith in Any Profession *CONVO CREDIT*
Come explore how your faith can inform your work in any profession during this special convocation event featuring Ger Jones, pastor of Vintage Church LA in Santa Monica. In his work before Vintage Church, Ger attended law school, served as a lawyer in the UK, worked internationally in brand marketing for Proctor & Gamble, and attended seminary. He is passionate about 'marketplace ministry' and wants to inspire and empower you to embrace your Christian identity no matter what professional path you pursue.

Participants will receive convocation credit.
4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus (Fireside Room) Seaver College Registration
Management Consulting Career Workshop
This workshop requires no specific industry knowledge, draws upon the speaker's strategy consulting experience, and takes the audience through: Consulting roles and industry specialization – strategy, operations, HR, technology, health care etc.; Industry landscape – full service vs. boutique consulting; Recruiting and selection process; Resume writing tips for consultant and business analyst.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Irvine, Graduate Campus Graziadio School of Business and Management Registration

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Event TitleEvent Time LocationHost SchoolRegistration
Life At CIA - Information Session
CIA Representatives will provide information regarding the CIA and the variety of career and internship opportunities available. Undergraduates and Graduates of all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. All CIA positions require US citizenship and relocation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Opportunity for follow-up informational interviews with the recruiter for those who attend the information session.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus- CCB 140 Seaver College Registration

The Importance of Teamwork & Emotional Intelligence
This one-hour interactive workshop teaches students the importance of teamwork through group activities and scenarios in which emotional intelligence is a must in the workplace. Students will walk away with tools to lead/follow a community and the soft skills to influence. There will be scenarios of people having personal issues or unethical issues and the teams have to figure out how to solve them.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Malibu, Drescher Graduate Campus- Room 175 School of Public Policy Registration

Hire Heroes Resume Workshop for Veterans
Student veterans and spouses are welcome to attend Hire Heroes USA Resume and Interview Workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn how to translate your military experience into civilian terms along with practicing your interview skills with industry professionals.
You will need to bring an electronic copy of your resume, a laptop, and a sack lunch. The dress code is business casual.
Agenda of Topics: Resume Workshop, Practical Application (laptops needed), Mock Interviews
*Note: If you are already a client of Hire Heroes USA, you are welcome to attend the Mock Interview segment of the workshop. Please identify when you register for further instruction.
Student veterans attending the workshop will get Hire Heroes USA personalized resume, guidance from a Veteran Transition Specialist, and counseled on interviewing skills from employers.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus-CCB 100 Seaver College Registration

Careers in Communication Panel
Come learn from Pepperdine alumni working in various roles in the Communications! Learn what it took for them to land their job and what you can do to start preparing for life after Pepperdine.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus (Fireside Room) Seaver College Registration

Change Management and How to Lead Organizational Change
Case Study and Implementation Discussion: Case Study of a Change Management Project. Get insights into a real life project regarding a major rebranding program that went much further than a marketing coup. Get tips and strategies on how to lead change within an organization, what to do, what not to do and overcoming the fear of change, including the organization's fear of change.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Encino, Graduate Campus Graziadio School of Business and Management Registration

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Event TitleEvent TimeLocationHost SchoolRegistration
Know Your Story: The Key to Answering any Interview Question
Learn how to discover and use your pillars of strength as the key to telling a professional story that is uniquely your own. Actively work during this session to reflect, articulate, and organize elements of your story to help you confidently convey a consistent professional story on your resume, in interviews or during networking.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus- Fireside Room Seaver College Registration
Starting a Private Practice or Consulting Business: A Panel Presentation 
What does it take to develop a growing practice in a saturated market? Gain step-by-step strategies from alumni who have successfully launched their own private practice and consulting businesses. Also, hear from GSEP's very own Marketing department about how to create a unique and effective brand.

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2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. West LA, Graduate Campus (Room 203) & Live Stream Graduate School of Education and Psychology Registration

Tips For Young Professionals Starting A New Job *Event Cancelled* 
So you got the job, now what? You're excited to have landed a full-time job but you might be nervous about meeting new colleagues, learning business communication and workplace etiquette, and making the transition from your college classrooms to your corporate cubicle (or whatever your new workspace may consist of). Starting a new job requires some preparation and lifestyle changes, join us to learn tips for young professionals starting a new career.

Looking for a similar program? Apply to the Senior Leadership Summit!

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Malibu, Main Campus - PC 188 Seaver College Registration
Speed Interviewing
This is a play on speed dating with students having 10 minutes to speak with alumni about their careers. There will be 10-15 alumni who graduated from the program and currently working in policy. The students will ask questions such as how they got there, the things they should know when they start looking for work, and while in the field things they should do to build relationships.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Malibu, Drescher Graduate Campus - SPP Room 175 School of Public Policy Registration

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Event TitleEvent TimeLocationHost SchoolRegistration
Employer Interviews
This is a two-hour event that allows students to meet with employers for internships, part-time and full-time jobs. This event will teach students interview skills in real time and give them the opportunity to obtain a job or internship before the summer.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Malibu, Drescher Graduate Campus- SPP Room 175 School of Public Policy Registration
What to Do With Your ISL Major?
More and more employers are looking for candidates with global competency. But what does that mean? Join us to increase your understanding of what global competency is and what opportunities you can explore for your career both domestically and abroad. You will have the opportunity to meet with successful alumni and experienced career professionals!
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus- CCB 140 Seaver College Registration
Social Justice in Education: A Conversation with Teach For America, Peace Corps & City Year
Have you ever wondered how you can play a part in bringing social justice to underserved communities? Do you feel that there is more that you could do but don't know how to get started? If you answered yes to either question, then this event is for you.

Join us as we meet with representatives from multiple organizations that are committed to fighting against injustice in various communities. You will learn how you can use your interest or career in education and/or social change and the powerful impact the two have when fused into one career.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Malibu, Main Campus - PC 188 Seaver College Registration
Meet the Schools: K-12 Fair
Don't miss this opportunity to network with K-12 recruiters from LA and Orange Counties.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. West LA, Graduate Campus - Room 203 Graduate School of Education and Psychology Registration
Careers in Finance
Come meet and network with industry professionals who work in and recruit for the Finance industry. Hear about their experiences getting into and moving up in their careers. Listen to their views on important skills and learn career tips to help you as you prepare for your future career in finance.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Malibu, Seaver College, Main Campus -CCB 352 Seaver College Registration
Interview Tips & Hotseat
This interview workshop will take you through the do's and don'ts of interviewing. Topics covered include: The BIG mistake most people make during interviews and how to avoid it. What you really need to do to prepare -- beyond "researching the company." Recognizing what employers want to know so you can get inside their mind and answer the question behind the question. The 3 questions that must always be prepared and how to prepare them. Your perfect elevator pitch -- how to answer when they say "tell me about yourself" and how to respond to any answer memorably.You will also have the opportunity to sit in the Hotseat and do a mock interview and receive feedback.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. West LA, Graduate Campus Graziadio School of Business and Management Registration

Friday, February 3, 2017

Event TitleEvent TimePepperdine LocationHost SchoolRegistration
SEER (Social, Environmental, and Ethical Responsibility) Symposium
Join us for the 6th Annual SEER Symposium on February 3, 2017! As we continue exploring the next generation of business strategy, focusing on entrepreneurship, values, and innovation. It is a unique event, that explores all facets of business from high-level strategy to boots-on-the-ground implementation. With an interactive format that encourages participation from an engaged and energized audience of graduate business students and business leaders, this gathering of experiences from a broad spectrum of world-changing innovators, executives, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs will challenge and inspire you.
This year's theme is The Recipe for Innovation, with a powerful line-up of speakers challenging conventions to change the way we think about everything from food, energy, fashion, economic opportunity, and the sustainable organization itself. The day includes talks by our inspiring speakers, our annual student/alumni entrepreneurial "Fast Pitch" competition, and breaks for breakfast, lunch, and coffee to give attendees ample time to network and interact with one another. 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California 90292
Graziadio School of Business and Management Registration

$30 per ticket
Webinar - Informational Interviews
Tips and tricks on informational interviewing: what to ask, what not to ask and how to expand your network. 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Webinar Graziadio School of Business and Management Registration