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Island University Hosts College-2-Career Conference to Help Students Build Marketable Skills

September 22, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting The College-2-Career Conference: Developing Marketable Skills on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 28, in the University Center Anchor Ballrooms. The conference is open to Islander students in all grade levels and all majors. Student do not need to attend both days or all sessions of the conference as each day’s agenda is identical and designed for students to pick the pieces that fit their schedules.

While many people who attend college learn skills that are used for their chosen major and career path, this isn’t the only thing that is needed to obtain a job. Marketable skills are essential for workplace environments and will be taught during both days of the conference. The goal is to teach attendees what marketable skills are, like communication, work ethic, problem-solving, resume building and other helpful tips that would assist in navigating the job market.

“Many times, employers will choose applicants who have these marketable skills over those who don’t,” said Dr. Leslie Mills, Associate Director of Career Services at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “This conference is designed to help our Islanders understand the skills they’ve gained through their university experience and know how to communicate how those learned skills can be an asset to employers.”

When it comes to building a resume, hiring managers use resumes to screen potential employers. Goodwill Community Foundation states that hiring managers will look at a resume for less than 15 seconds. This means that the right content in the resume is a vital part of getting a job.

“A resume is your selling piece, yet not a lot of people think of it like that,” said Mills. “This is why we’re having this conference, to help our Islanders put onto paper the valuable skills they’ve learned.”

Event organizers encourage faculty and staff to advise their students to attend. Click here for more information.