Beyond UConn Conference – Preparing for Life After Graduation

The annual Beyond UConn Conference is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students to provide assistance in the transition from student to the next steps they are embarking on. Attendees will learn from UConn alumni, professional staff, and employers on how to be most successful post-graduation.

Past Event Schedule – Beyond UConn 2019Β 

πŸ“… Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | ⏰ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | πŸ“ Rome Commons Ballroom, South Campus
  • ✍️ Registration & Hors d’oeuvres (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
  • πŸŽ™οΈ Event Kick off & Opening Remarks (6:00 PM – 6:10 PM)
  • πŸ‘₯ Opening Panel (6:10 PM – 6:40 PM)
    πŸ‘” What I Wish I Knew: The First 30 Days in a New Role
    Starting a new role is exciting, but there are a lot of things unknown. At the opening panel, a group of UConn alumni will offer suggestions on how to navigate the workplace, graduate school, and beyond based on their real career and life stories. You will walk away with insights on how to excel in your next role.
  • Breakout Session 1️⃣ (6:50 PM – 7:10 PM)
    πŸ€” Deciding between a Job and Grad School
    Are you applying to jobs, graduate school, or both? This session will focus on the different timelines and application
    materials for the graduate school and job application processes, as well as how to choose the option that’s the best fit for
    you.

    πŸ“ˆ Staying Relevant in the Workplace
    Times are changing, and industries are too. Trends, technology shifts, and automation can all affect how an industry
    functions and the types of skills you need to stay competitive. This session will focus on how you can prepare for these
    changes and adapt to keep yourself current.

    🧭 Navigating the New Environment within the First Year
    Starting a new job or graduate program and wondering what it will be like? This session will help you identify the skills
    you will need to navigate your new position. Topics include professionalism, time management, good work and study
    habits, and learning about your company or program’s culture.

    🏑 Relocating and Moving Beyond UConn
    Moving to another town, city, or state to start a new job or graduate program? This session will focus on the logistics of
    moving, funding relocation expenses, finding housing, and safety concerns.

  • Breakout Session 2️⃣ (7:15 PM – 7:35 PM)
    πŸ’Έ Repaying Student Loans
    Will you be graduating with student loans? If so, this session is for you! UConn’s Office of Financial Aid will be presenting on student loan repayment strategies such as different repaying methods, repaying loans with interest, and deferring loans, and how student loans work if you will be continuing with more education after you graduate this year.

    πŸŽ“ Financing Graduate School
    Graduate school is in your future but you are not sure of financing options to pay for it? Have loans and looking to not add to the debt? Or do you not have access to the typical forms of financial aid based on citizenship requirements or other restrictions? This session will teach you where to start searching for graduate school funding, as well as introduce funding
    search engines such as Pivot.

    πŸ“‹ The Basics of Budgeting
    This session offers tips on creating a monthly budget based on your benefits, needs, and lifestyle. Topics will include budgeting apps and methods, as well as factors to consider when creating your budget.

    🌎 Working Outside Your Home Country
    Are you interested in working in a country other than your country/countries of citizenship? Whether you are an international student or someone thinking about going abroad to study or work, this session is for you. You will learn tips on how to manage work and study visas, and ways to translate your professional and academic experiences in one country to valued skills in another.

  • Breakout Session 3️⃣ (7:40 PM – 8:00 PM)
    πŸ’Έ Repaying Student Loans
    Will you be graduating with student loans? If so, this session is for you! UConn’s Office of Financial Aid will be presenting on student loan repayment strategies such as different repaying methods, repaying loans with interest, and deferring loans, and how student loans work if you will be continuing with more education after you graduate this year.

    πŸŽ“ Financing Graduate School
    Graduate school is in your future but you are not sure of financing options to pay for it? Have loans and looking to not add to the debt? Or do you not have access to the typical forms of financial aid based on citizenship requirements or other restrictions? This session will teach you where to start searching for graduate school funding, as well as introduce funding search engines such as Pivot.

    πŸ“‹ The Basics of Budgeting
    This session offers tips on creating a monthly budget based on your benefits, needs, and lifestyle. Topics will include budgeting apps and methods, as well as factors to consider when creating your budget.

    πŸ” Job Search: Strategies and Factors to Consider
    This session will include tips and techniques related to searching for positions in for-profit and non-profit environments, as well as those within STEM. What are the similarities and differences between these industries? Discover how networking can play a significant role in your success.

  • 🍰 Closing Remarks followed by Desserts (8:05 PM – 8:30 PM)

*Suggested dress code is business casual or casual attire.