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Loyola hosts Employ the Pack conference for students

February 22, 2013

Networking expert and former marketer for Virgin America Porter Gale will deliver the keynote address.

Today’s twenty-somethings aren’t immune to the recession and its toll on the job market. Many become “permaterns”—the term describing perpetual interns who bounce from one internship to another in the quest for a full-time job. But Loyola University New Orleans is trying to break that cycle. Its Career Development Center is leading the charge to help its students and young alumni land full-time jobs with its first-ever employment boot camp, Employ the Pack, set for March 16.

The conference is a new half-day, professional-caliber employment strategies seminar available to students and young alumni for free. Featuring one-on-one consultations and on-site employment experts, the conference is set for the St. Charles Room on Loyola’s main campus. The event, co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a networking lunch at 12:30 p.m.

“What we want the students and young alumni to come away with is the confidence and skillset to believe that they can conquer the job search—that the job search will not do them in,” said Roberta Kaskel, director of Loyola’s Career Development Center.

Networking expert and former marketer for Virgin America Porter Gale will deliver the keynote address, discussing how technologies such as Web-based job boards and LinkedIn are changing the job search process. Gale is the author of the new book, “Your Network is Your Net Worth.” Though it won’t be released until the summer, 50 lucky conference attendees will receive the book for free.

Former U.S. diplomat and founder of Atlas Services Corp. Scott Beale will close the conference with his talk, “Making a Difference While Making a Living.” Beale will discuss how making a living and living your dream should be one in the same. Beale’s company funds international social entrepreneur programs.

Small group workshops during the conference will give attendees hands-on skills and practical advice to kickstart a strategic job search. Google Inc.’s Sam Bowler, team lead for field marketing in New Orleans, will speak about his “gap year” work with Teach for America directly after college and how it led him to working with the Internet giant in a workshop session, “Turning Doing Good into My Career: Exploring Gap Year Possibilities.”

New Orleans-based AXA Financial Advisors will host a real-world money and budgeting session, “Can I Make it on This Paycheck: Financial Planning 101.” Other sessions include an interactive how-to for using Career Shift—an online tool designed to connect job seekers with folks with which to build a career-supporting relationship.

“This conference is one for students to invest in themselves,” Kaskel said. “They just spent four years making a complete investment in getting knowledge in a discipline. Now, invest in knowing how to market that for yourself and where you want to take it.”

Participants can register online or by e-mailing Li Seghers.

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