University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

Power Up Your Career—seminar series

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Power Up Your Career Seminar Series
Tuesdays, Feb. 20-May 15, 2018
6–7:30 p.m., UD Campus, Newark, Del.

Special career- and personal branding-focused seminars are available at no charge to actively enrolled students in Spring 2018 Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) programs. Seminars are also available to those not enrolled in PCS programs for a $50 fee (fee includes all seminars). All seminars take place 6–7:30 p.m. on UD’s campus in Newark, Del.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Get Ready to Reinvent Yourself: Adapting to a Changing Global Job Market

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.

Presenter: 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.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Top 10 Interview Questions and How to Nail Them!

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, and 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.

Presenter: 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.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Optimize and Build Your LinkedIn Profile

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.

Presenter: 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.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Stop with Self Sabotage!

Are you your own worst enemy? Do you hear yourself saying “but, that isn’t what I said?” Do you say “sorry” multiple times daily for no apparent reason? Do you get along with some but not others and struggle to understand why? We all suffer from these blind spots, but when they sabotage our effectiveness, then it is time to unwrap them and harness them as assets, not detriments. This interactive seminar will examine our blind spots and identify how to make them our friends.

Presenter: Peggy Smith 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 focuses on business writing, oral presentations, general communication skills, interpersonal conflicts, career development and resume writing.


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