Plattsburgh State students can learn how to become financially successful at the PSUC first-annual leadership summit Saturday, April 2, from noon to 4 p.m. in Ausable Hall.

“Marketing Yourself, Beyond the Resume” is a seminar at the event where students can learn how to present themselves and promote good networking and interpersonal skills. Professionals and alumni will advise students on how to edit their resumes and teach them how to use LinkedIn to benefit them in the transition from college to career.

“There will be a keynote address,” Studley said. “They will speak for about 30 or 40 minutes, and then the rest of the summit will be sessions about the topics. Students can pick which one they want to go to, and each session will repeat throughout the day, so students have a chance to attend each one and won’t miss any information they may want to learn about.”

Studley said the “Marketing Yourself, Beyond the Resume” workshop details how to have a conversation outside of the traditional interview experience, leaving impressions that will stay in the employer’s mind, making that phone much more likely to ring with a good response. The event is currently open to only business students, but Studley said she hopes to expand the event to students from other academic disciplines next year.

The summit will also help students better plan their finances in a panel called “Money Matters” where they can get tips on things like how to manage an IRA and a 401K, both of which are accounts that help people invest in their retirement. Two of the three financial professionals on the panel, Jared Burns and Christina Ubl, graduated from PSUC and moved on to work in their fields.

The PSUC School of Business and Economics’ student advisory board, SBE Voices, and PSUC SBE Assistant Dean Tara Studley organized this event.

Studley said PSUC Career Development Center Director Julia Overton-Healy will present an advanced resume session from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Ausable Hall, room 116. There will also be two basic sessions, where students can receive assistance developing their resumes from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m., also in Ausable 116.

In order to reach their goal of 50 students being involved, members of SBE Voices and Studley hoped freshmen and sophomores would join in.

“We were aiming to get first- and second-year students involved earlier. We wanted a mix of students,” Studley said. “It hasn’t necessarily panned out that way. The juniors and seniors tend to be more receptive to these types of things. We have 44 students registered and we were aiming for 50.”

Fourteen presenters, six students and eight professionals will give a presentation on how to effectively use LinkedIn at 1 p.m. in Ausable 110.

The summit leaves a mixed bag of PSUC students who feel differently about the summit.

“I don’t think I would attend,” PSUC junior political science major Jarrin Jeffrey said. “I already have some training on how to do a resume and other things from my junior seminar class.”
PSUC criminal justice and psychology double major Austin Pasquale said he would attend if the event was opened up to all majors.

“I feel like it’s something everyone should be a part of, and we can use (it) to help better our future,” Pasquale said.

Students can check in at the Ausable Hall lobby at 11:45 a.m., and the event will end with a farewell and closing remarks from 3:50 to 4 p.m. in Ausable 123.

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