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Center Spring Break Trips 2015

Spring Break Trips Create Career Connections for Students

03/20/2015: Forty-seven Vanderbilt students learned about media, entertainment and start-up industries during separate site visits to companies in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles during spring break.

“These unique immersion experiences were successful as students were able to connect with alumni and explore companies and major cities that are representative of these industries,” said Center for Student Professional Development Director Cindy Funk.

Thirty-eight alumni and four Vanderbilt parents participated in the events that were attended by sophomores, juniors and seniors from a variety of majors.

During the Vandy on Madison Avenue trip to New York City, 18 students discovered the many ways careers might be launched in the media and creative industries. Alumni shared their career stories, offered advice to help students stand out during the hiring process, and heard first-hand what life is like working at NBCUniversal, Citi, Ogilvy One Worldwide, Viacom, and Facebook.

The Vandy in Silicon Valley excursion took nine students to the San Francisco Bay area to spend two days in discussions and tours focused on start-ups and entrepreneurship at Tesla Motors, Argo, Boost, Zignal Labs, Anki and OpenDNS. Visits to these companies allowed students to see the different work place cultures at small, medium and large organizations.

Nineteen students made the trek to LA for Vandy Meets Hollywood, exploring Warner Bros., CBS, The Walt Disney Company and NBCUniversal. The group participated in panel discussions with talent agents that included representatives from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and ICM Partners. Students heard tips from industry professionals on how to break into the industry and were introduced to various roles like scriptwriter for a major network comedy show.

“These excursions reinforce our strategic goal of providing students opportunities to experience work life as they explore potential career paths,” said Funk.

Read the Vandy on Madison Avenue blog.

View curated social media posts from the trips on Storify.

One Year After Graduation: 91 Percent of 2013 Graduates are Employed or Attending Graduate/Professional School Full-time

Life After Vanderbilt - Class of 2013 Infographic

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Student Participation at Fall 2014 Industry Career Day Events Sets New Record for Attendance

Celebrating Record Breaking Student Attendance - Industry Career Days

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Family Weekend and 6th Annual Soirée at Sarratt Infographic Click to view the Soiree at Sarratt 2014 Infographic

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Center for Student Professional Development Staff Share Innovations at National Conferences

9/25/2014: Vanderbilt’s Center for Student Professional Development leadership and staff shared some of their innovative practices with industry peers at two of the nation’s leading career development conferences this summer and also hosted a peer school internship consortium on campus.

Center Director Cindy Funk, Associate Director Jim Bellar and Stephanie Brodtrick, Vanderbilt Organizational Effectiveness Consultant discussed at the National Career Development Conference in Long Beach, California how they used the book “Blue Ocean Strategy to design a professional development model that promotes resilience in Vanderbilt students. The group outlined the positive outcomes the Center has realized as a result of making these changes.

Center Coordinator of Student Engagement Anne Reed, also spoke at the conference on “Promoting Resilience in Freshmen Students Using the Five Pillars and Chaos Theory.” She highlighted work the Center has done in The Ingram Commons with students on developing professional competencies, exploring opportunities and understanding change.

“Connecting with Students Using Informal Assessments” was presented by Center Coaches Dorrie Presson and Heather Lefkowitz in San Antonio, Texas, at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conference. They discussed how this emerging approach helps students explore opportunities by understanding themes and patterns in their lives.

The University Career Action Network (UCAN), a consortium of 21 universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Duke held their annual meeting on campus in June to discuss internship strategies and coordination hosted by the Center.

Highlights from a Productive Year 2013 - 2014 Infographic

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The Communiqué | January 2014

From the Director: Developing Resiliency in Students, Highlights from a productive year, Spring 2014 schedule for employers recruiting on campus

Center Assistant Director/Career Coach Dorrie Presson offers Tips for Seniors Still Searching for Jobs

4/16/13: With graduation fast approaching, many seniors are feeling the stress of not having secured post-graduation employment. Dorrie Presson, Assistant Director/Career Coach for the Center, provided tips and advice for seniors in the April 16 issue of the Vanderbilt Hustler.

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Center for Student Professional Development Featured in May Issue of MyVU

05/26/13: Center director Cindy Funk and peer coach Joe Tropeano were featured in the May 2013 issue of MyVU. Read the article by Joan Brasher, More Than Just a Resume.

5th Annual Soirée at Sarratt Infographic Click to view the Soiree at Sarratt 2013 Infographic

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Center Launches Video Conversation Series

1/28/13: The Center recently launched a video conversation series for parents and students. This series of videos features Center staff sharing information on topics such as how parents can help students who may be struggling with finding their fit and if it's too late to find an internship for the summer. Visit our video page and watch now!

Peabody Senior Prepares for the Real World with Help From the Center for Student Professional Development

11/08/2012: Evan Curran, Peabody College class of 2013, blogs about his experiences with the Center in his recent post for the Admissions' office blog, Inside 'Dores. Read Evan's "Preparing for the Real World" post to learn how he used Center services to revise his resume and cover letter and participate in mock interviews. 

We've changed our name!

7/25/12: The Center for Student Professional Development, formerly the Vanderbilt Career Center, is rolling out a new mission and a new name that reflects its holistic approach to preparing students to be resilient in these uncertain times. Read more…


You asked. We listened!

Thanks to recent enhancements to DoreWays, beginning Monday, August 20, 2012, all current Vanderbilt undergraduate students can now access the system using their VUnetID and ePassword!

DoreWays is the Center’s on-line resource where you can learn about and connect to professional opportunities on and off campus that will help you build competencies to be successful in the workplace. You can search for internship and job opportunities in different industries; experience the hiring process by applying and interviewing on campus with employers; sign-up for professional development workshops led by alumni or employers that provide insight into the workplace and skills needed to be competitive, search for learning labs offered on campus led by Center peer coaches, and much more!

Returning DoreWays Users: All previous activity and documents have been retained.

New Users: Login immediately, no need to create an account.

**Special Note To Returning DoreWays Users**

Effective August 20, 2012, you will NOT be able to access DoreWays using your previous username and password.

Please bookmark the new URL: and delete any DoreWays links saved in your browser’s Favorites or Bookmarks.

If you have any problems using your VUnetID and ePassword to sign in to DoreWays, please call our office at 615-322-2750 or send an email with “DoreWays Help” in the subject line.  

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