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  • The Student to Professional Conference will take place in Kirkhof Center January 24.

Posted on January 13, 2014

Students are invited to attend the second annual Student to Professional Conference to hear from local employers and Grand Valley alumni and Career Center staff on how to make a smooth transition into professional life after graduation.

The conference will take place Friday, January 24, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. Those who attend will learn tips on how to market themselves, plan for their dream job, tailor their resume and interview successfully.

The conference will feature guest speakers, resume workshops, a networking social and complimentary breakfast and lunch. Sessions will feature topics such as “The Art of Interviewing,” “Generations in the Workplace,” and “How to Discover and Brand Yourself.”  

Students will also have the opportunity to network with representatives from university departments, local employers and organizations including Grand Rapids Young Professionals, Hello West Michigan and Young Nonprofit Professional Network.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Amway and is a collaborative effort between the Career Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Alumni Association.

Students of all ages and majors are invited to attend the full conference or stop in for sessions throughout the day. Both individual and student organization volunteers are also needed. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. To register, volunteer or get more information, visit

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