By Samantha Romero |Staff Writer|
Professionals in the workplace visited CSUSB, giving insight to potential careers for liberal arts students during Arts and Letters Week.
Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters were presented with a variety of opportunities to make connections in the workforce.
The week-long event consisted of guest speakers presenting information pertaining to specific majors, along with networking tips, and of course, career advice for students.
Monday, the department kicked off events with its highlight event, Using LinkedIn To Get Hired, presented by San Manuel.
Dr. Seefeldt and Dr. Nabil Razzouk’s presentations concerned internships for language studies students, which pave the path of success.
Multiple different majors within the liberal arts spectrum were presented with advice as to how to begin their career search post college.
The second day began with presentations on (Self Publishing, Technical Writing, and Working in Politics).
There were also visual demonstrations concerning grant writing and creative lesson planning, presented by Frances Vasquez and Julie Nichols.
Wednesday, Arts and Letters Week focused on the visually creative students, putting emphasis on theatre arts majors, musicians, and social media.
Arts and Letters Week continued with a famous guest, Randal Kleiser, whom many movie buffs will quickly recognize as the director of the wildly popular, classic film “Grease,” and the well-known comedic Sci-fi film, “Honey, I Blew Up The Kid.”
Kleiser offered his own personal experiences in the film industry, citing how his inspirations and mentors helped him in his career.
Kleiser ended the seminar with a question and answer forum, followed by photos with audience members.
Thursday, Arts and Letters Week focused on the importance of making personal connections in order to succeed in the workforce.
The workshop on Thursday centered around networking, beginning its focus on the proper way to give a handshake: firm, but not too stiff or limp.
The attendees practiced with each other and critiqued their partner’s handshakes to develop more professional etiquette.
The workshop continued, giving students advice on how to introduce themselves to higher ups.
To make a lasting introductory pitch, one must remember to start off with an attention-grabbing statement, and follow with interesting personal anecdotes related to the job position.
“The workshop was pretty informative, I’m glad I went,” said student Alberto Rendon.
Friday, Arts and Letters Week concluded with a Film Festival, screening short films written, shot and cut by Coyote filmmakers.
Overall, Arts and Letters week provided useful information for students as they prepare to enter the workforce.