Career EXPO | CSB/SJU Alums

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 
College of Saint Benedict
and Saint John's University


Career EXPO offers students—across all majors and class years—a chance to connect with you, former Bennies and Johnnies, to learn about careers and organizations, and practice their career preparation.

The success of Career EXPO depends on our alum’s like you. It’s an opportunity to share the advice that propelled you forward during and after college. Think of this less as a job fair and more as the ultimate professional development day. Some students will be highly polished and for others, this may be a first try. But for all of them, this is an opportunity to ask questions they have about preparing for their careers, and you can offer them feedback and advice on how to improve. Bring your enthusiasm and your best elevator pitch. And please dress business casual or in your company logo wear.

Please review the programs offered throughout the day. Due to strong alum engagement with this event, we may not be able to guarantee the exact role you apply for, but we will find you an opportunity where you can connect with CSB/SJU students. We’re excited to have you at Career EXPO!

SPEED NETWORKING | 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. @ SJU
  • Bennie and Johnnie alums from a range of careers will be seated at tables around a room. A first year class (ranging between 15-22 students) will come in and each student will rotate around the room to have a 2 minute conversation with each alum to practice elevator pitches and icebreaker conversations. For many of these students, it will be their first time in a professional networking environment. If you make a connection with a student, you can always give them a business card to follow up for a longer chat.
  • Speed Networking Contacts:
MENTORING MEET-UPS | 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. @ CSB or SJU
  • Sign up to be matched with a student for a one-to-one or small group (2-3 students) conversation about your career and experience over a meal or coffee. You will be matched with a student based on what they are seeking to learn more about (e.g. career interest, major, advance degrees, etc.). This is an excellent opportunity to share your story and give students tips on how to make the most of a one-to-one networking meeting.
  • Mentoring Meet-ups Contacts:
CAREER SEMINARS | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. @ CSB
  • Panelists share information and advice about major and career options, career paths, trends... 
  • Format:
    • Brief introduction by facilitator
    • Panelists provide a brief (3-4 minute) introduction describing their career path and current position/responsibilities
    • Question and answer period
    • Students can individually speak with the panelists
  • Seminars Contacts:
CAREER FAIR | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. @ CSB
  • Approximately 90+ organizations from a variety of sectors (arts, sciences, corporate, government, non-profit).  Space is limited and will be allocated to ensure representation of each sector.
  • It is not a job/internship fair per se; however, share positions (jobs, internships, research, volunteering) available at your organization.
  • Every booth must have at least one CSB/SJU alum.
  • Each booth will have a draped table and an 8 1/2" X 11" company sign.  Large displays are not allowed.
  • Career Fair Contact:  John Clarkson ([email protected]

  • Consider contacting CSB/SJU faculty and staff and let them know you'll be on campus; encourage them to stop by Career EXPO to visit and to bring their students.

  • CSB Parking Map:  Gorecki Center is "M"; EXPO parking lots are 5 and 8.
  • Check-in:  Obtain nametag in the President's Room (second level), Gorecki Center.
  • Hospitality: Refreshments will be available in the Gorecki President's Room.

  • SJU Parking Map:  The Quad is "1"; EXPO parking lots are P7 and P8.
  • Check-in:  Obtain nametag in Quad 268, SJU (second level).
  • Hospitality: Refreshments will be available in Quad 268.