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Communications and Marketing

Get a jump on networking

The Career Advancement Center is offering several networking sessions in the next few weeks to help students find internships—for both summer and fall—as well as full-time jobs for after graduation.

“Many employers have recruiting deadlines at the beginning of March. If students wait until April to network and start their searches, it will be much more challenging to find a good fit,” said the CAC’s Marie Josephitis.

By attending upcoming events, Foresters can “get ahead of the curve and find the best opportunities for internships and full-time roles, plus they will have professional contacts they can reach out to for industry-specific advice,” she said.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • February 21: Careers in Health Care and Research—Health Care is one of the country’s fastest growing industries with a variety of exciting occupations for all different kinds of majors.

    “This is a fantastic networking opportunity for students interested in learning more about careers in health care and research. Twenty-two professionals from the Chicagoland area will be on campus to talk to students about their current positions, their career paths, and their respective organizations,” said the CAC’s Stephanie Valtierra. “This event is also a good time to ask questions of professionals from a variety of fields to learn whether health care or research is a good fit for them and to hear about the different directions they could take their career.”

    Employers Attending: AbbVie, Aerotek, AMITA Health, Autism Home Support Services, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care, Freedom Home Care & Medical Staffing, Illinois Bone and Joint Sports Neurology, Lake Forest Place, North Shore Pro-Active Health, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, ScribeAmerica, Walgreen Co., Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, Zeifert Eye Care

    Students should attend to:
    –Hear from alumni about why they chose their current profession and how they know it’s right for them.
    –Learn what it takes to be competitive for related graduate and professional programs and post-graduate employment.
    –Connect to employers with relevant volunteering, shadowing, internships and job opportunities. 
  • March 5: Spring Employer Showcase—Network with employers, learn about various industries, and apply for great jobs and internships.

    “These are employers who are actively recruiting and want to hire Lake Forest College students,” Josephitis said. “The Spring Employer Showcase will be a chance for students to distribute their resumes, meet recruiters from a wide range of employers, and start relationships that can get a foot in the door.”

    Type of positions available: Marketing, communications, graphic design, consulting, sales, customer service, computer science, data analytics, accounting, benefits administration, finance and many more.

    Employers attending: LaSalle Network, L2T Media, Oscillas Technologies, Inc., PAWS Chicago, Alight Solutions, HUB International, Coyote Logistics, Best Dedicated Solutions, and more have been invited.

    Students should attend to:
    –Expand their professional network and hear from alumni about how to conduct a successful career search
    – Look for full-time positions or internships for the summer, fall or even spring of 2020

    Prep-sessions for these events will be held on February 26 and 28. Students should register for the Spring Employer Showcase and prep sessions on Handshake.
  • March 7: Careers in Environmental Studies and Biology—Students can speak with alumni and other industry professionals to learn about the exciting variety of environmental careers they can pursue at this small-group networking event.

    “If a student is interested in careers in environmental studies or biology, they should definitely attend this event,” said the CAC’s Stephanie Valtierra. “They will learn about different professions they can go into with an environmental studies or biology major and get advice from professionals in the field.”

    Employers attending include: Chicago Botanic Gardens, Evoqua Water Technologies, Lake Forest Open Lands, Waukegan Park District

    Students who should attend:
    –Those who are interested in a future career that will allow them to have a positive impact on the environment, or students interested in applying investigative skills to advance environmental science and related initiatives.
    –Students who want to hear from alumni and other industry professionals about the exciting variety of environmental careers they can pursue

    See more details and RSVP on Handshake.