Professional & Continuing Studies

Power Up Your Career—online seminar series

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Power Up Your Career
Online seminar series
Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Special career- and personal branding-focused seminars are available to students enrolled in 2018 Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) noncredit programs, as well as veterans and active military members, at no additional charge. Seminars are also available to those not enrolled in PCS programs for a $50 fee, which includes all sessions. The following seminars are offered online, via Zoom, 6-7:30 p.m. every other Monday from Aug. 13 to Dec. 17. Registration closes at noon on the day of each seminar.


August 13, 2018
Optimize and Build Your LinkedIn Profile
Presenter – Andrea Abernethy

Learn why your LinkedIn profile is essential in your job search or career transition as well as important information that must be included in a basic LinkedIn profile to attract the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. You will learn ways to build your connections with decision makers at target companies and more.

August 27, 2018
Get Ready to Reinvent Yourself – Adapting to a Changing Global Market
Presenter – Brenda Soto

The shifts in global economic growth patterns, technological advances, tight competition for skilled talents and a new generation of workers will continue to transform the workplace. But what does this mean for you, your organization and your career future? Are you ready to reinvent yourself? Leave this seminar with the ability to start drafting a personal/professional development plan to reinvent yourself and be ready to compete with the labor demands.

September 10, 2018
Secrets to an Effective Presentation: Delivering a Message to 3 or 30? Make it Count!
Presenter – Peggy Smith

Learn a simple formula for organizing your thoughts, some hints for body language, such as eye contact; and steps for managing those butterflies.

September 24, 2018
Top 10 Interview Questions and How to Nail Them!
Presenter – Gay Lynch

One of the most successful ways to prepare for interviews is to focus on the 10 most common types of questions, developing answers in advance, and practicing a confident fluency that will give you an edge. You will learn how to answer the 10 questions candidates must have great answers for as well as how to answer tricky questions like “Tell me about yourself,” how to talk about your weaknesses, and how to answer “Do you have any questions?” You will also learn how to avoid the most common mistakes that prevent people from getting the job offers they deserve.

October 8, 2018
The Branded Resume: Creating the Right Resume for the Job
Presenter – Andrea Abernethy

Your resume is often the first impression a potential employer has of you. It is a critical component of your job search and communication strategy. This seminar addresses what recruiters and employers expect in a resume.

October 22, 2018
What’s Your EQ? Find out what it is and why it matters
Presenter – Gay Lynch

Emotional Intelligence (EQ for short) has been found to be an important (perhaps the MOST important) component of overall intelligence and is fundamental to how successful we are in our relationships and careers. Having greater emotional intelligence can help you in almost any interpersonal situation where it’s important to read others and plan your actions accordingly. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that people scoring the highest on their EQ scale were most likely to be satisfied with their jobs. In this workshop, you will learn what EQ is and isn’t, how emotionally intelligent you are* and why you should care, and six tips to help increase your emotional intelligence.
*Participants will complete and score an EQ assessment.

November 5, 2018
Matching Your Personality to the Job: Are You on the Right Career Path?
Presenter – Gay Lynch

We are all wired to seek purposeful work and experiences that resonate with who we are and our unique interests and passions. People are also more likely to achieve success and see advancement if they are engaged in and enjoy the work they do. Making a successful match between your personality and you job or career starts from within. Being in tune with your personality, passions and innate preferences is helpful in validating career decisions, building personal awareness of your strengths and motivators to increase your future success, understanding why you aren’t satisfied in your current role, or exploring career alternatives. Getting, and staying, on the right path will mean all the difference in your long-term happiness.

November 19, 2018
How to Get Back Into the Workforce After a Long Absence
Presenter – Brenda Soto

Finding a job after a long absence in the workforce is not easy. The reasons why an individual may leave the workforce indefinitely are multi-faceted. In this session, you will learn several tips to help get back on track into the job market and ready for new opportunities.

December 3, 2018
Understanding Generations and How to Interact with Them Effectively in the Workplace
Presenter – Brenda Soto

The largest diversity of generations is represented in today’s workplace. For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side. With this diversity comes new challenges. It is more important than ever to understand how to communicate, lead and work with employees of all ages. This seminar explores and analyzes the challenges we are facing because of an increasingly wide age range in the workplace and the opportunities to leverage these obstacles to interact effectively enhancing both team and organizational success.

December 17, 2018
Am I Promotable or Is There Something I’m Missing?
Presenter – Gay Lynch

Do you think you’re ready for the next level but were passed over for a promotion? Have you been offered a higher-level position and wonder if you’re ready for it? Do you aspire to higher levels of responsibility but aren’t sure how to get there? According to a recent Monster survey, 61 percent of workers feel they have been passed over for promotions they felt qualified for. It happens all the time, yet we often don’t understand why, even if we’ve asked for feedback. In this workshop, you will learn what managers say are the seven signs that someone is ready for a promotion, how to determine your own level of readiness, what you can do to be recognized as “promotable,” and what to do if you are passed over for a promotion.


Andrea Abernethy is an experienced senior career consultant with CareerMinds whose expertise includes coaching, mentoring, empowering, building confidence and inspiring clients to discover their strengths. She focuses on strong communication skills, public speaking/teaching, relationship building, resume review and writing, interviewing techniques and preparation, networking, LinkedIn and career marketing.

Gay Lynch is CEO of Thought Partners, Inc., a consulting firm whose mission is to assist clients in forward thinking, developing skills and perspective, and achieving their goals. She teaches and coaches others in developing personal success strategies, diagnosing strengths and blind spots, and formulating “you at your best” personal branding.

Peggy Smith, of Smith and Associates, is a UD Organizational Learning Solutions instructor and coach, and an educator, teacher, coach and trainer who has helped others communicate more effectively throughout her career in the private and public sectors. Her coaching and teaching programs and seminars include business writing, oral presentations, general communication skills, interpersonal conflicts, career development and resume writing.

Brenda Soto is a dynamic international human resources professional and the founder of Brenda Soto Associates, LLC, a human performance improvement consulting firm specializing in Spanish and English talent management solutions. She is also an adjunct instructor in human resources, leadership and organizational development at Wilmington University.


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