North Foundation Hall, Room 103
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3250

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Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Career Studio

Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Student to Professional Conference

The Student to Professional Conference is a great way to learn how to prepare for life after college. At the conference, students can network with local business professionals, as well as learn how to research career paths, brand them selves and discover lifelong skills needed to excel in today’s professional world. The conference is open to all students.

First join us at one of our optional kick off events, then attend the conference to explore multiple career related topics. This year's keynote speaker is David McGhee. Registration is free and open to all OU students. The first 200 students to register and attend receive a FREE shirt, professional notebook and tote bag. Lunch is provided.

Students are encouraged to bring their resume and dress business casual. 

Student to Professional Conference:  3/3: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms

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Event Info
Friday, March 3, 2017

Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms

Employer Networking Event 11 a.m. - Noon
Lunch and Keynote SpeakerNoon - 1 p.m. 
Session 11:10 - 2 p.m. 
Session 22:10 - 3 p.m. 
Session 33:10 - 4 p.m. 
Conference Closing Session4 - 4:30 p.m. 
Networking With Employers
Networking With Employers: 11 a.m. - Noon 

Practice your networking skills while connecting with employers by attending the Student to Professional Networking with Employers event! As an attendee, you will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Quicken Loans, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, Sedgwick and Oakland University Credit Union.
Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: David McGhee David McGhee

David McGhee is the program director at The Skillman Foundation, and joined the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2014. Prior to joining the Foundation, McGhee served as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, David's work with youth and communities and role as a thought-leader has been recognized across the state and beyond. He was featured in the September 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and contributed to the National Urban League's 2013 State of Black America Report, Redeem the Dream. His essay, Mentoring Matters: Why Young Professionals and Others Must Mentor, was published alongside essays from other contributors such as Marc H. Morial, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, and many more. In 2016, he was selected as a Next City Vanguard, joining a group of 45 top urban innovators recognized for making equitable change in cities. He was also selected to take part in the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Summit, a gathering of the nation's emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. David received his bachelor’s degree in public administration & public policy from Oakland University and a master’s degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.


If you have prior academic commitments, feel free to excuse yourself when necessary. There will be incentives for those who stay for the entirety of the conference.

Session 1 (1:10 - 2 p.m.)
A Complete Guide to Graduate School

Your education doesn’t have to end after your Bachelor's degree. Kickstart the graduate school process by learning how to apply for, pay for and successfully transition into your upcoming grad school education.


• Stephanie Kalili, Oakland University
• Franklin Kennamer, Oakland University
• Missy Curler, Oakland University
• Jackie Duc, Oakland University

Can You Afford Your Job? The Hidden Costs You Need to Know

Getting your first job is an exciting accomplishment, but do you know everything else that comes with it? We’ll look at how to ask the right questions, and review important factors to help you consider if you would be paying too much in hidden costs.

Speaker: Greg Jordan, Director of University Recreation and Well-Being

Job Search Crash Course

It’s March and you’re in the midst of finding a new opportunity. Set yourself up to land a job or internship before you graduate by learning the best job search strategies now. There are so many ways to search for employment, but which will make you the most successful?

Speaker: Paloma Shah, Senior Campus and Corporate Recruiter at Rehmann

Secrets to Career Success for Millennials

Does the transition from college to the real world make you nervous? Learn life lessons and strategies from a recent graduate on how to successfully make the transition from student to professional so you can feel confident in moving forward in your future.

Speaker: Stephen Parker, SRT Powertrain Engineer and Oakland University Recruiting Team Lead at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Session 2 (2:10 - 3 p.m.)
Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up: Managing Stress in the Workplace

The ability to work from anywhere can result in young professionals feeling as if they can never “unplug.” Practice in-home and in-office health and fitness techniques that will help you remain calm and collected when your career seems chaotic.

Speaker: Becky Lewis, Assistant Director of Programs, Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being

Networking 101: It’s Not What You Know, But Who Knows You

Did you know that over 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking? Develop this essential skill for job hunting by learning today’s best practices from our networking gurus so you can land a job in no time.

  • Kevin Mill, Lead Buyer Specialist at the Peardon Team at Keller Williams
  • Chris Griffin, Client Care Manager at the Peardon Team at Keller Williams
Impactful Interviewing: Make an Impression that Lasts

Learn your personal interview style: Are you the “prisoner,” the “tourist,” the “rambler” or the “learner?” An interview is sometimes the only face-to-face interaction you will receive with a potential employer. Learn to make the most of this precious time by learning your personal style so you know how to respond to tough questions and be prepared to ask your own.

Speaker: Jeff Kalinowski, Lead for World Class Manufacturing Communications at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Resume Lab

Six seconds is the average time a recruiter looks at your resume. Find out how to best utilize the space you have so you are including the most important information. In this session, our resume experts will review your resume so you can receive on the spot feedback. Note, session is capped at 10 students. 

Speakers: Career Ambassadors
Session 3 (3:10 - 4 p.m.)
Young Alumni Panel: What REALLY Happens After Graduation

Life after college isn’t as scary as it seems! Or is it? Oakland’s finest young alumni will discuss the differences between college and the “real world” and answer any questions you may have about what life is like after OU.


• Simon Keleel, Nurse, School of Nursing
• Marissa Carr, Physician Assistant, School of Health Sciences
• Taylor Van Dyke, Engineer, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences
• Jordan Twardy, Community and Economic Development Director at City of Ferndale, MI, College of Arts and Sciences

How to Write a Stellar LinkedIn Profile: Your Virtual Resume

You might Tweet, Snapchat and Instagram, but are you on LinkedIn? Learn how to build an impressive online profile using the most popular professional social networking site of today so you can land the job of your dreams.

Speaker: Jesi Foltz-Goike, Lead Executive Recruiter for Target

Resume Lab

Six seconds is the average time a recruiter looks at your resume. Find out how to best utilize the space you have so you are including the most important information. In this session, our resume experts will review your resume so you can receive on the spot feedback. Note: Session is capped at 10 students

Speakers: Career Ambassadors
Steering Committee
Thank you to the steering committee for helping to make this year's conference a success.

Amy Ring Cebelak
Bani Bordoloi
Olivia Snyder
Hallie Bills
Marie VanBuskirk
Adam McChesney
Terry Dibble
Julie Dermidoff
Wayne Thibodeau 
Andrea Mill
Jennifer Bonardelli
Jackie Duc
Melanie Chamberlain
Anne Jackson
John Cebelak
Emily Delano