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Upcoming Professional Development Events

For additional information regarding our Professional Development Workshops and Events please visit: https://sakai.unc.edu/x/WzEMtHFall 2019

Fall 2019

Financial Freedom:  Managing Debt and Credit to Achieve Financial Success
Tuesday, September 10th – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
Do you have questions about managing your finances while in Graduate School? This workshop will provide insights and strategies to address topics including managing credit and student loans, personal budgeting, savings, investing, and retirement plans. Eddie Naylor from First Citizens Wealth Management will facilitate this session.

Self-Care: How to Eliminate Burnout
Tuesday, October 8th – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
Healthy social work practice tells us that self-care is necessary; however, sometimes the last person social workers nurture is themselves. This workshop will provide you with tangible self-care strategies that will aid you in completion of your MSW as well as your work as a social work practitioner. Kadeisha Bonsu, LCSWA Social Work Fellow at UNC CAPS will facilitate this workshop. This session is co-sponsored by the Self-Care caucus.

How to Build Your Own Private Practice
Monday, October 21st – 12:15pm-1:30pm - Room 300
Have you been thinking about the intricate details of private practice after graduation, but do not know where to start or if it’s even doable? This workshop will provide resources for how to start a private practice, costs associated with starting, intro to private pay versus insurance based practices, and licensing requirements. We will also discuss how to manage self-care while in private practice and discuss the pros and cons of entrepreneurial social work. Alexis Overstreet, LCSW, LCAS, owner of Metaspace Counseling, will facilitate this workshop.

Using Winter Break to Get Your Job Search Going
Monday, November 4th – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
This workshop will help MSW students plan how to use their winter break to begin their job search and tips on using social media such as LinkedIn effectively to search for jobs. Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, will facilitate the workshop. 

Getting Ready for Your Macro Job Search
Monday, November 11th – 12:15pm-1:30pm – Room 300
This workshop is designed to assist first and second year macro students in how to frame their unique skillset, how to market and promote themselves, and practical tips on how to search for positions within the world of macro social work. Robin Sansing, MSW, LCSW SSW Clinical Instructor and Monique Tuset, MSW Coordinator of Student Affairs will co-facilitate this workshop. This session is co-sponsored by the Macro caucus. 


If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact Monique Tuset, Coordinator of Student Affairs at mtuset@email.unc.edu.

 

Spring 2019

Before, During, and After the Interview
Tuesday, January 29th, 12:15–1:30 p.m. • Room 300
In this session, Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services, and a panel of recent graduates will go over interviewing experiences, share tips and respond to questions about the interview process.

NASW-NC Sponsored Resume Review
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. • SSW First Floor Lobby
National Association of Social Workers-NC Executive Director, Valerie Arendt and Director of Membership and Communication, Seth Maid will be conducting social work resume reviews. They have reviewed hundreds of NASW member resumes, and can offer specific, personalized suggestions on improving your resume. Find out how to sell yourself on paper and get yourself the interview! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/naswresume

Building Your Professional Brand: Get Noticed, Get Connected, Get the Job
Monday, March 4th, 12:15-1:30 p.m. • Room 118 (Innovation Lab)
Learn how to create a professional identity that effectively promotes your skills and abilities. Join Nora Spencer, UNC MSW ’17 and HR & recruiting veteran, in this interactive workshop where you will learn tips for leveraging your social media presence, how to develop an elevator pitch, and how to confidently frame your experience so you can get the job you want. Offered in partnership with the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab.

Negotiating Social Work Salaries and Student Loan Forgiveness Programs
Monday, March 18th, 12:15–1:30 p.m. • Room 300
Sharon Thomas, Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid, and Aesha Greene, OSSA Senior Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Programs will offer current tips and strategies for salary negotiation and information on student loan forgiveness programs relevant to social work students.

Bringing It All Together: Tips for Maximizing Your Career Day Experience
Monday, March 25th, 12:15–1:30 p.m. • Room 300
Monique Tuset, Coordinator of Student Affairs, will offer a brief but intensive prep session to help students better prepare for their career day experience. This session will cover career day logistics and etiquette in addition to answering any lingering questions students may have regarding resumes, cover letters and/or successful networking strategies.

2019 School of Social Work Career Day
Monday, April 1st, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • Tate Turner Kuralt Building
Many agencies from North Carolina and beyond will be here to recruit MSW students. Recruiters will share information about social work positions and their agencies. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore social work career options with potential employers!
Added bonus - professional headshots will be offered for all MSW students. More information to come.

North Carolina Licensure Process
Monday, April 8th, 12:15–1:30 p.m. • SSW Auditorium
Elizabeth Pope, Assistant Executive Director of NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, will be here to explain the process of obtaining social work certification and licensure in North Carolina as well as answer questions you may have about the licensure process.

Licensure Exam Preparation
Tuesday, April 16th, 12:15–1:30 p.m. • Room 300
Join us to become familiar with the social work licensure exam used in NC and other states. Tanisha James, LCSW and member of the NC Society for Clinical Social Work and NASW-NC, will provide information about the structure and content of the exam. Sample questions and testing tips will be shared during this session.

 

Fall 2018


Personal Finance 101
Tuesday, September 4th – 12:15-1:30pm – Room 300
Do you have questions about managing your finances while in Graduate School? This workshop will provide insights and strategies to address topics including managing credit and student loans, personal budgeting, savings, investing, and retirement plans. Richard Blankenship from Franklin Street Partners will facilitate this session.

Crafting Your Resume and Cover Letter
Monday, October 1st – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
Join us to learn how to plan your job search and write a great resume and cover letter. Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, will facilitate the workshop.  Jacquelyn has an MSW degree and can speak directly to creating a MSW resume, writing a cover letter and conducting a MSW job search. 

Choosing your Concentration: Chat with Macro and Direct Faculty
Tuesday, October 16th – 12:15pm-1:30pm – Room 300
Still unsure which concentration is best for you?  Need some additional clarity regarding the pros and cons of taking different courses next year?  Want to strengthen your connection with SSW faculty?  If so, join us for an informal chat with both direct and macro faculty to address these topics and more.

Networking 101
Tuesday, October 30th – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
Networking is no longer an optional skill in the social work field. Networking is a critical skill to that involves more than a simple exchange of business cards; it’s about building relationships on the basis of trust that involves a give and take. If getting a head start on building or enhancing your network is of interest to you, please consider attending this workshop facilitated by Seth Maid, MSW, of NASW to learn more about essential networking tips and how NASW can help you land your first post-MSW job.  


Using Winter Break to Get Your Job Search Going
Monday, November 12th – 12:15-1:30pm - Room 300
This workshop will help both direct practice and macro practice students plan how to use their winter break to begin their job search and tips on using social media effectively to search for jobs. Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, will facilitate the workshop. 

 

Spring 2018


Before, During, and After the Interview

Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  • Room 300
In this session, Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services, and a panel of recent graduates will go over interviewing experiences, share tips and respond to questions about the interview process.

NASW-NC Sponsored Resume Review
Tuesday, February 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • SSW First Floor Lobby
NASW-NC Associate Executive Director Valerie Arendt will be conducting individual social work resume reviews for MSW students. Valerie has extensive experience with hiring employees and reviews hundreds of member resumes every year. More information regarding sign in times will be sent closer to the date!

DP Networking Night
Tuesday, February 27th, 5:30–7:30 p.m. • SSW First Floor Lobby
Join UNC SSW graduates working in Direct Practice for a night of networking and learning about the job search after graduation. Alumni will share their experiences in the professional world and answer questions you have regarding your own job search. Plus a light dinner!

Bringing It All Together: Tips for Maximizing Your Career Day Experience
Monday, March 19th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Monique Tuset, Coordinator of Student Affairs, will offer a brief but intensive prep session to help students better prepare for their career day experience. This session will cover career day logistics and etiquette in addition to answering any lingering questions students may have regarding resumes, cover letters and/or successful networking strategies.


2018 School of Social Work Career Day
Monday, March 26th, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • Tate Turner Kuralt Building
Many agencies from North Carolina and beyond will be here to recruit MSW students. Recruiters will share information about social work positions and their agencies. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore social work career options with potential employers!
** Added bonus- Professional Headshots will be offered for all MSW students**

Negotiating Social Work Salaries and Student Loan Forgiveness Programs
Tuesday, March 27th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Sharon Thomas, Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid, will offer current tips and strategies for salary negotiation and information on student loan forgiveness programs relevant to social work students.

CMPP Networking Night
Thursday, April 5th, 5:30–8p.m. • Location TBD
Meet Community, Management, and Policy Practice graduates to learn about their current work and steps they took in their initial job searches. You will have an opportunity to network, share ideas, and discuss your future with recent graduates.

North Carolina Licensure Process
Monday, April 9th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  • SSW Auditorium
Elizabeth Pope, Assistant Executive Director of NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, will be here to explain the process of obtaining social work certification and licensure in North Carolina as well as answer other questions you may have about the licensure process.

Licensure Exam Preparation
Tuesday, April 17th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  • Room 300
Join us to become familiar with the social work licensure exam used in NC and other states.  Tanisha James, LCSW and member of the NC Society for Clinical Social Work and NASW-NC, will provide information about the structure and content of the exam. Sample questions and testing tips will be shared during this session.
 

 

Fall 2017

Personal Finance 101
Tuesday, September 5th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Do you have questions about managing your finances while in Graduate School? This workshop will provide insights and strategies to address topics including: managing credit and student loans, personal budgeting, savings, investing, and retirement plans. Richard Blankenship from Franklin Street Partners will facilitate this session.

Crafting Your Resume and Cover Letter
Monday, October 2nd, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Join us to learn how to plan your job search and write a great resume and cover letter. Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, will facilitate the workshop.  Jacquelyn has an MSW degree and can speak directly to creating a MSW resume, cover letter and conducting a MSW job search.

Choosing your Concentration: Chat with Local Macro and Direct Practice Social Workers
Tuesday, October 17th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Still unsure which concentration is best for you?  Come explore the breadth of social work opportunities and practice areas, and hear from field instructors about a typical day in their life. Bring your lunch and join us for an informal lunch with field instructors and SSW faculty.

Networking 101
Tuesday, October 31st, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Networking is no longer an optional skill in the social work field.  It’s a critical skill to master. It involves more than a simple exchange of business cards at a cocktail party; it’s about building relationships on the basis of trust that involves a give and take. If getting a head start on building or enhancing your network is of interest to you, please consider attending this workshop facilitated by Valerie Arendt, MSW, of NASW to learn more about essential networking tips and how NASW can help you land your first post-MSW job.

The Art of Feedback: Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism
Tuesday, November 7th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
Giving and receiving constructive criticism takes practice. This workshop will go over tips for giving and receiving feedback that will be helpful to you as students and future professionals and/or supervisors. Lisa Zerden, Senior Associate Dean of MSW Education, and Sharon Thomas, Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid, will facilitate this interactive session.

Using Winter Break to Get Your Job Search Going
Monday, November 13th, 12:15–1:30 p.m.  •  Room 300
This workshop will help both direct practice and macro practice students plan how to use their winter break to begin their job search and share tips on using social media effectively to search for jobs. Jacquelyn Gist, Assistant Director of Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, will facilitate the workshop.
 

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