Virtual Career Expo Week 2021: Day One!

Self-Care Strategies During Your Career Journey! Feb 8, 2021 1pm – 2pm

2020 has had a tremendous impact on the way we work and learn in this new normal, particularly for people with disabilities. Virtual collaboration, digital transformation, adaptability, resilience, and feeling confident in your professional development is a must to progress into the new year. What happens when you aren’t in the mental or emotional space to complete tasks or assignments when searching, working, or anxious about the next steps in your career journey? How can students and entry-level professionals find strategies to do well in their creative practice and enhance their health and wellbeing?

Join us as we discuss how to identify self-care strategies during these difficult times and hear from leaders who are a part of the Disability community on how they personally and professionally navigate today’s heightened discussions on anxiety with job search, career preparation tips, skill development for your career, how to handle conflict, and daily motivations and self-care routines.

Guest speakers include:

Vanessa A. Harris PE, President and Founder/Award-Winning Digital Artist and Engineer, Strategy for Access, NFP: Vanessa Harris brings to companies and governmental organizations a strong foundation in digital art, engineering, chemistry, and business that allows her to consistently and creatively tackle large-scale complex initiatives and create award-winning, original and sustainable solutions. The Strategy for Access Foundation NFP and #fun4thedisabled (.com) is my current and latest attempts at making a difference!

Kevin Irvine, Senior Talent Acquisitions Consultant, Individuals with Disabilities: Kevin Irvine works at Rush University Medical Center as its Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant, Individuals with Disabilities. Kevin also serves as Co-Chair of Rush’s ADA Task Force and facilitates Rush’s Disabilities Employee Resource Group. Since 2012, Kevin has served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Transit Authority. Kevin is also a member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2006), and a graduate of Purchase College, State University of New York. Kevin’s pronouns are he/him and his disabilities are hemophilia B and HIV.

Scott Darren Schachter, Diversity & Campus Recruiter | Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Rangam Consultants: Scott Darren Schachter is a Columbia College Chicago alum, neurodiverse individual, and Lead Recruiter at Rangam/SourceAbled where he helps provide meaningful employment for those with disabilities and Autism.

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*This session will be recorded and transcribed.

Mock Interviews with Alumni and Industry Professionals: Feb 8, 2021 3pm – 5pm

The Career Center invites you to take part in mock interviews with alumni and industry professionals. Whether you have an interview coming up, or just want to practice, this is a great way to meet over video, answer a few basic questions, and receive feedback. It’s also an opportunity to ask a professional how to answer a difficult question.

Mock interviews take place on the InternX platform. You will need to create an account there with your Columbia email address before you can register for reviews.

What questions would I be asked?
1) Tell me about a project you worked on as a team and what your role in was? (leader, project manager, etc)
2) What interests you most about your industry?
3) What do you consider your strongest qualities or skill sets and what qualities do you look for in a supervisor?

Who are the interviewers?

John Davies – VP of Operations at CNN
Shani Black – Executive Producer and Show Runner at the Intellectual Property Group
Marty Kane – Assistant Director of Regional Admission at Columbia

How do Virtual Mock Interviews work?
Mock interviews are 15 minutes each on the InternX platform through their built-in video. Since these are not interviews for an existing position, you’ll be asked basic behavioral questions, such as “Tell me about a project you’ve worked on at school where you collaborated with a small team.” The interviewer will offer feedback on your answers and be able to able to assist with answers to questions that are common at any interview.

You will need to create an account on the InternX platform with your Columbia email address before you can register for reviews. The platform is easy to navigate and has short instructional videos here that illustrate how to register for a meeting, and connect on the day of the reviews. (Google Chrome is the recommended browser to use for the reviews)

Interview time slots will be available beginning February 3rd at Noon through your InternX account. Log in, choose Mock Interviews under the Fair Tab, and then click on Meetings. Choose the industry professional(s) you’d like to meet with and schedule an interview. Mock interviews are on a first come, first served basis.

These videos will be helpful once you’ve created your account.