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Career Development Workshops

Each quarter the Graduate School of Social Work hosts a number of career-development workshops. Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops will take place from 11am-11:50am in Craig Hall, 2148 South High Street, on the University of Denver campus.

For information about any of the workshops, please contact Lisa Ingarfield, Director of Student and Career Development, 303-871-3841.

All workshops are held 11-11:50am unless otherwise stated.


Week 2

Practice Interview Days for Concentration Year Students
Monday, March 28th and Tuesday, March 29th, multiple locations

In preparation for your job search we are offering an opportunity for you to practice your interview skills! You will have the opportunity to share an ideal job with us ahead of time and then be interviewed for it by DU career development staff. We will also be videoing your interview so that you can watch yourself to see how well you did. We also provide immediate feedback on your interview during the session. Limited interview slots. Pre-registration required - check your email for the sign up link. Deadline to sign up is March 4th. Limited spots, so sign up early!

Week 3

Planning Your Job Search
Monday, April 4th, Rm 448

If you have not already done so, then now is the time to start preparing. Time is running out and before you know it you will be at graduation. Planning ahead to your job search is going to exponentially enhance your chances of getting a job more quickly than those who do not plan. We are offering this workshop twice because of its importance and the proximity to graduation.

Week 4

Navigating a Career Fair!
Monday, April 11th, Rm 448

One week ahead of DU's Non-Profit and Governmental Career Fair, we are partnering with Graduate Career Services to equip you with the skills and knowledge to get the most out of the career fair. Career fairs are often intimidating but you can succeed with the right tools. Join us to learn how to maximize your time and connections.
Tips for a Great Resume, Monday, Tuesday April 12th, Rm 448
Employers will take between 30-75 seconds to look over your resume, so how do you make yours stand out from the 100s of other applicants? Join us to learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing as you prepare to graduate from GSSW. It is never too early to get that resume polished.

Week 5

Career Connections Networking Luncheon - Concentration Students only
Wednesday, April 20th, Community Room

Join us for a meet and greet with numerous social work employers that have traditionally hired MSW students. This event is designed for graduating MSW students to network with local social work employers to assist in their job search. This is a professional networking event with limited spots. The goal is that you will mingle and engage with employers about your career plans, skills, and commitment to social work. While not every employer will have positions open at the time of the luncheon, they may in the near future. This event will help put your candidacy on their radar! Lunch will be provided.

Spots are limited for this exciting opportunity and an application is required. Details about how to apply will be sent to your email in early Spring.

Non-Profit and Governmental Career Fair
Wednesday, April 20th, 2pm-5pm, Driscoll Student Center Ballroom

Network with employers and alumni, learn more about local and national non-profit and government organizations and industry hiring trends, and find job opportunities at this career fair run by DU's Career Services.

Week 6

Social Work Licensure A to Z
Tuesday, April 26th, rm 448

Join NASW representatives to learn about the process for gaining licensure in Colorado and get common questions answered. How many hours do I need? When should I apply? What hours will count? What does the new continuing professional development requirement mean? NASW speakers will also talk about the benefits of NASW membership.

Week 7

The Art of Salary Negotiation
Monday, May 2nd, rm 448

Great! So you have a job offer, and now you enter negotiations with the employer. What should you do, what should you say? You don't want to sound greedy or pushy, right? No! But that doesn't mean you cannot negotiate. There are many strategies to a successful negotiation as well as salary websites you can visit to learn about average salaries for your

How to Plan for Loan Repayment
Tuesday May 3rd, rm 448

Join the Office of Graduate Financial Aid for a presentation on repayment and forgiveness options for federal student loans. Not only will it cover standard repayment, it will also discuss income-driven repayment plans and non-profit loan forgiveness program. The presentation also includes important loan resources.

Week 8

Learn How Linked In Can Help YOU Find a Job! Advanced LinkedIn Strategies

Tuesday, May 10th, rm 448

In today's workforce, having a LinkedIn account is a must regardless of industry or employment status. LinkedIn is your personal, real-time Rolodex, allowing you to track your network across their career.

Are gatekeepers keeping you from reaching influencers, hiring managers or decision makers? LinkedIn can help.Not just for job seekers, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for networking.

Learn advanced, free LinkedIn strategies to grow your network such as:

- How to identify ideal networking contacts
- Back-door strategies to reach out to new contacts with the free LinkedIn account
- Advanced LinkedIn tools such as the alumni utility, LinkedIn groups and the advanced membership search
- Tips to automate your LinkedIn activity and free up time



Check out GSSW Career Development's Pinterest page and its Career Blog!  

You can view the professional networking, loan repayment, and LCSW process workshops as well as videoed workshops and many other career resources on the GSSW Student Resource Portfolio. 

Career Services also offers a number of career related workshops throughout the year. To view their schedule, visit their website.