• Dawson Forcella

McGlauflin to Host Spring Full of Career Preparation Events

Nicole McGlauflin, the director of personal and professional development in Briar Cliff University’s Compass program, has lined up several career-preparation events, panels, and workshops tailored for students. These various meetings are designed to be helpful tools for BCU students as they prepare for job interviews and careers in their fields of study.

“These events get you one step closer to where you want to go,” McGlauflin says. “If you don’t know where you want to go, they are also a good step to help kind of broaden your mind.”

Early on this spring there have been two Virtual Employee Panels set up by McGlauflin. The first which took place on Friday, February 12, was designed for students in the field of Health Sciences. The second Virtual Employee Panel is scheduled for Friday, February 26 at 12 p.m. and will focus on digital media.

These panels cover several topics but focus on what life is like in the chosen field and what students should be doing now to prepare.

“It’s just a good way to network with people in the field and get a good feel about what different careers are out there within a certain major,” McGlauflin says.

She will also be hosting numerous workshops in the coming months. These workshops cover topics such as resume building and maintenance, writing cover letters, and how to interview.

Megan Loutsch, a junior at BCU, has attended McGlauflin’s workshops in the past and found them to be very constructive.

“The Career Development Workshops that Nicole provided were very beneficial, well-organized, engaging, and informational,” Loutsch says. “Her workshops are not to just learn in the moment, but they provide you with tips, tricks and skills that will be useful for life as you need to apply for a job or switch jobs.”

Loutsch also mentioned that she is looking forward to McGlauflin’s other big event this spring, “Real World Week.” This event will be a week full of themed seminars designed to prepare students for life after college.

These events are intended to give students experience applying for jobs, and to help them forge connections. McGlauflin said this event will differ from others in that it will be bringing in and relying on several different outside speakers, including past students.

“It is an opportunity for our alumni to connect with students and for employers to connect with students,” McGlauflin adds. “This is a good way for students to be able to network with different employers in the area.”

For more information on professional development at BCU contact Nicole McGlauflin at

Times and Dates for these events are listed below:

· Café Resume: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

· Resume Basics: February 19 at 11:00 a.m. and March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

· Cover Letters 101: February 19 at 11:00 a.m. and March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

· Acing the Interview: February 19 at 11:00 a.m. and March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

“Real World Week”:

· Money Monday: February 22

· Career Tips Tuesday: February 23

· Words from the Wise Wednesday: February 24

· Resume Blitz Thursday: February 25

· Mock Interview Friday: February 26

*Specific times to be announced at a later date.

Photo Credit: Dawson Forcella / Cliff News

Nicole McGlauflin (left) speaks with a student during one of her weekly Café Resume workshops. These workshops offer students the opportunity to get their resumes and cover letters reviewed in a one on one setting.

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