UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Career Services is sponsoring the second annual Career Week, Monday, Feb. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 17. By Kaitlin Ens The University of Montana Western Career Services is sponsoring the second annual Career Week. The week will consist of local professionals giving advice and information to students who wish to prepare themselves for the job market. The events will take place Monday, Feb. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 17. “When I first started working in the Career Services department at Montana Western I realized we didn’t have a lot of opportunities for our students to network with people in our community,” Career Services Director Surah Juran recalled. “This provides an opportunity for students to connect and find possible jobs or references and learn how to interact with professionals in a multitude of fields.” Career Services has invited numerous professionals from the local community to come network with UMW students. Some of those presenting are: Beaverhead County Rural Schools Superintendent Linda Marsh, Beaverhead County Public Health registered nurse Sue Hanson, Idaho Fish and Game Warden Justin Williams, United States Forests Service Human Resources Specialist Jode Briggs, Stockman Bank President Craig Rehm, Montana Western Visiting Assistant Professor Roger Dunsmore, and many others. “I have had a lot of interests from a variety of professors who are excited to bring their students,” Juran said. “We have presenters from within the Montana Western campus such as Anne Kish, who is a great resource for students as far as job resources, GRE exams, grad schools and beyond. The business club and their advisor Professor Fred Chilson will work on presentations covering resumes, cover letters and interviewing sessions.” An etiquette dinner will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The evening will start of with a No Host Mocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room lobby on the UMW campus. The etiquette dinner begins at 6 p.m. and will help attendees practice table manners and conversational skills necessary for a dinner interview or professional dinner with coworkers and clients. In an effort to follow last year’s topics and provide more helpful advice to students, a “What Not To Wear” fashion show has been added during the dinner to help give students an idea of what not to wear as a professional. Models will be dressed in appropriate or inappropriate work wear as examples of what is acceptable and what should be avoided. “We have been hearing from local professionals that one thing it seems this generation of students doesn’t understand is professional dress guidelines,” Juran commented. “We’re working with The Knockabout, a local clothing store, to come up with professional wear appropriate for interviews, conferences, workplace attire, and job-related lunches and dinners.” Last year the attendance goal was 75 students; approximately 90 students and over 100 people attended the dinner. “Our goal for this year is 100 students and 120 people total,” Juran stated. “A few faculty and staff members like to attend. Overall, we’re pretty excited about the second year of Career Week at Montana Western and hope to see a great turnout again.” The night of professional advice is co-sponsored by the Montana Western Foundation and the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western. Tickets may be purchased in the Montana Western Learning Center office. Staff tickets are $15 and student tickets are $5. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to reserve a seat by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Sarah Juran at (406) 683-7143 or stop by the UMW Career Services office in the basement of the Lucy Carson Library Room 006. Career Week Schedule of Events:
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