Workshops and Events

The career and professional development office offers workshops and events each semester to guide students through each step of the career development process.

Professional Development Series, Spring 2024

Résumés & Cover Letters

Thursday, Feb. 1 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | Noon
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.

Make a positive first impression with a distinctive résumé and well-written cover letter. Learn dos and don’ts, including layout and formatting tips.

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

Finding and Applying for an Internship

Thursday, Feb. 8 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 21 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | Noon

Learn about how to find a great internship, when you should be applying (spoiler alert — it’s probably much sooner than you think) and even what you can do to create your own internship. It’s easier than it might seem.

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

Interviewing Strategies

Thursday, Feb. 15 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | Noon
Thursday, April 4 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.

Learn interviewing basics and proven techniques to impress employers and highlight your qualifications. Concrete information to help you prepare!

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

Job Search – Leveraging Your Networks and Creating New Ones

Tuesday, Feb. 20 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 28 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | Noon

Get the information you need on networking, online applications, and using all available resources to land a job. This is the most important workshop for seniors to attend!

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

LinkedIn Checklist – Creating Your Personal Brand

Thursday, Feb. 22 | Central Market, Rooms 106 and 108 | Noon
Tuesday, April 2 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.

Are you LinkedIn or left out? Join this interactive workshop that walks through step-by-step how to create and craft your personal brand while leveraging the online professional networking and job board tool. The best way to prepare is to sign up for an account at

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

Salary Negotiation

Thursday, Feb. 29 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | Noon
Tuesday, March 19 | Central Market, President’s Dining Room | 11 a.m.

Get tips to prepare for the conversation of salary with a prospective employer. This event is a must for sophomores, juniors and seniors!

*****Please bring your laptop.*****

Women in Industry Networking Dinner

Tuesday, March 26 | Graham Annex | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a networking dinner with women in leadership and professional roles in the Pella Community.

RSVP by March 22
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Financial Literacy 101

Monday, April 8 | Vermeer Science Center, Room 180 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Led by professors Mark Mills and Al Hibbard, this is a great opportunity, especially for juniors and seniors, to learn about all sorts of money matters after college: salary and benefits, savings, investments, mortgages, leasing/renting, insurance, etc.

*****Please bring your laptop or tablet computer.*****


Additional Events

Grad School Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 25 | Vermeer Science Center, Room 180 | 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 25 | Maytag Student Center, Vam Emmerick Studio | 3 p.m.

The key to applying for and successfully obtaining one of these competitive fellowships is planning. Deadlines often come early and successful applicants should work with their academic advisors, Class Deans, and the Graduate Fellowships Faculty Fellow to develop an application and portfolio.

Connect Iowa: Human Services Interview & Hiring Event

Tuesday, March 26 | Virtual | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Friday, February 23:
Application Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 7

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Central College students naturally become multifaceted when it comes to enjoying all their interests during their time here. Quinn Deahl ’23, student body president for 2022-23, was able to tap into the different sides of her identity through her involvement at Central.

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