Career Week activites set for March 24 to 27 at Penn State York

Penn State York students and alumni who graduated from 2011-13, will have the opportunity to network with business professionals (many of whom are Penn State alumni) in a variety of career fields including engineering, business, human services and nonprofits during the annual career networking event on Thursday, March 27. The event is part of a week-long series of programs to help students connect with alumni and learn about careers through networking. The networking event begins at noon in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building. Preregistration is required. Register for the Networking Event online at

Career Week kicks off at noon Monday, March 24, with a panel discussion titled, "Careers and Internships in Politics and Government," in Room 6, John J. Romano Administration Building (Romano). Four panelists will discuss their career paths from the perspective of campaigns, public policy, local government and communication of political issues. This Career Week event is free and open to Penn State York students and alumni who graduated from 2011-13.

Walk-in workshops, Making the Most of the Career Networking Event, are set for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Advising and Career Development office located in the Main Classroom Building. Participants can learn what they need know to be prepared for the Career Networking Event on March 27. A packet of materials will be provided that discuss details of the event, networking tips/etiquette and more. Staff will be available to discuss the event in detail with you and answer any questions you may have.

Also on March 25, as part of the Women’s Fair, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have an information table and discuss scholarships, internship opportunities and membership. Advising and Career Development will also have information about career related issues and resources available to support women in their career planning.

In addition, on Tuesday evening, Coffee and Conversations in Art: Education, Careers and Beyond is set from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Fred Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, will present examples of his painting, discuss his creative process, and share his thoughts about art in higher education and as a career. There will be plenty of time for networking and questions.

Haag was raised in Pennsylvania and attended the University of the Arts (the Philadelphia College of Art) in Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors in 1984 with a bachelor of fine art degree in painting and drawing. He went on to earn a master of fine art in painting and drawing in 1986 from Penn State. His recent exhibits include a one-person exhibit at YorkArts, a three-person show at Studio Gallery 234 in York and the 85th International Juried Exhibition at the Art Association of Harrisburg.

Haag’s artwork will be on display and refreshments will be provided. This free event is being sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society and is open to the public.

Career Week continues from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, with a panel discussion, Career Paths of Liberal Arts Alumni, featuring graduates from Penn State York’s English, and communication arts and sciences (CAS) programs. This presentation offers students an opportunity to learn about the diverse range of potential career paths with a liberal arts degree. The event takes place in 113 Romano.

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job or internship and participants can learn more about LinkedIn during the presentation It’s all about Your Network: Using LinkedIn to Boost Your Career from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday. With more than 225 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Penn State alum Doug Barszcz (Class of 1993) works as a federal account executive for LinkedIn where he specializes in helping large employers, like the federal government, leverage LinkedIn to recruit the best candidates.

Barszcz will focus on how to use LinkedIn effectively in your career and what recruiters are looking for in a profile. A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

The final event of Career Week is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and features Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder, the author of “The New College Reality: Make College Work for Your Career” and “The Unemployed College Graduate’s Survival Guide.” Snyder will share her tips on putting your college degree to work to help find employment.

A graduate of Harvard, Virginia Tech and Penn State, Snyder is a global career development facilitator with the National Career Development Association. She has worked as a college career counselor, high school guidance counselor and college professor. Her work has been mentioned in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. This event is free and open to the public.

A complete list of Career Week events is available at For more information on Career Week, contact Andrew Caldwell at 717-718-6700 or or Iona Conlon at 717-718-6781 or

Last Updated March 21, 2014