Global Learning Conference

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Global Learning Conference — Leveraging Your Experiences to Enhance Your Future

Your global perspectives are valuable in today’s interconnected world. Come learn to articulate and market those skills in your career search while advancing your personal and professional goals. This conference will provide opportunities to network with potential employers, showcase your experience in your resume and cover letter, hear from seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, connect with like-minded peers, and explore resources and opportunities for your future.

Hosted by the Global Learning Hub and the Internship and Career Center, the Global Learning Conference is for undergraduate students who

  • have experience navigating intercultural spaces;
  • have studied or interned abroad;
  • are international students;
  • are first-generation college students;
  • are passionate about solving global challenges.

When:  Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Where:  UC Davis International Center

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Conference registration includes:

  1. Continental breakfast and catered lunch.
  2. Hands-on workshops and interactive break-out sessions.
  3. Head shots for your bio or LinkedIn profile.
  4. Exhibitor fair and networking reception.

Global Learning Conference Schedule

Note: workshop titles subject to change

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Conference Check-In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitor Fair, Professional Headshots

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Welcome by Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs Joanna Regulska, Keynote Address

10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Workshop 1 – Concurrent Sessions:

  1. Refining Your Story: Talking About your Experience Beyond “It was great”
  2. Using Written Words to Articulate your Intercultural Experience
  3. Who am I now? Who do I want to be?: Vision Boarding as a Manifestation Tool
  4. Reflecting on your Diverse Identities in a Global Context

11:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Lunch Session: Exploring Global Career Paths

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Workshop 2 – Concurrent Sessions:

  1. Pitch Yourself: What, When & How to Use Your Elevator Pitch
  2. Study, Work, or Volunteer Overseas: Start (or Continue) Your Journey
  3. Ways to Live Globally While Residing Locally
  4. Insights from Professionals: Applying International Exchange Experiences to Advance Careers

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Fair, Snack Break, Professional Headshots

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Career Skills Plenary

  • Showcasing Your Experience in Career Search Presentation
  • Resume Review
  • Building Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Networking Mixer, Prize Giveaways 

 

Workshop 1 (Morning) – Concurrent Sessions

Refining Your Story: Talking About your Experience Beyond “It was great”

Do you have a global or intercultural story to tell? This session will teach you how to tell a personal story about your experience, beyond “it was great.” You will learn some storytelling basics and not-so-basics, including how to hook an audience, build interest and suspense, add color and humor, and deliver a powerful ending. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your experience, tell your story, and hear other stories.

Using Written Words to Articulate your Intercultural Experience

Come learn distinct ways to write about your global experiences including travel writing, reflective writing, and professional writing.  You will explore a variety of tools to communicate your global experience and reflect on your role in our interconnected world. This session will include three short presentations with brief writing practices led by three experienced University Writing Program faculty members and Study Abroad Faculty leaders.

Who am I now? Who do I want to be?: Vision Boarding as a Manifestation Tool

Come participate in a fun and creative exercise designed to guide you as you reflect on your global experiences and think about how you will apply them moving forward in our interconnected world. Vision boards can serve as a powerful tool for identifying your values and inspiring you to think about the next steps you will take to translate those values into actions. All materials will be provided and participants will leave with a unique and tangible collage.

Reflecting on Your Diverse Identities in a Global Context

Take advantage of this interactive workshop where you will collaborate with peers to critically analyze your global experiences as they relate to your identities. Experienced educators will facilitate a discussion of the skills and assets you bring to the table because of your identities, both of which predate and flow from your global experiences. This session will help you reflect on the inherent strengths you have that allow you to navigate intercultural spaces both abroad and at home.    

Workshop 2 (Afternoon) - Concurrent Sessions

Pitch Yourself: What, When & How to Use Your Elevator Pitch

Your elevator pitch is one of your most valuable tools when looking for professional opportunities. Come learn the basics of a good pitch and tips on incorporating your global experience.  You will also have the chance to practice your pitch and receive feedback from peers to help you fine tune your pitch. Then, when you’re in the right situation –be it a career fair, networking event, or an actual elevator –you’ll be ready.

Study, Work, or Volunteer Overseas: Start (or Continue) Your Journey

Are you interested in going abroad after you graduate? Join this unique session hear first-hand from working professionals who have participated in the Peace Corps, taught English abroad, and attended graduate school overseas. This is a great chance to explore a few of these exciting options to see if any of the opportunities align with your interests and goals. You will walk away from this session with useful resources to make informed decisions about your next global steps.

Ways to Live Globally While Residing Locally

Having a meaningful global experience (here or abroad) can ignite passion, but in the day-to-day routine it can be hard to know what to continue to live globally. During this session, you will engage with people who have worked with global challenges, locally and abroad, and who bring a variety of ideas about how to stay engaged in global issues while living in the US: including opportunities for social engagement, policy making, volunteerism, activism, and research.

Insights from Professionals: Applying International Exchange Experiences to Advance Careers

Come engage with a dynamic panel of professionals from a diverse array of academic fields and industries.  All panelists participated in an international exchange and will share the knowledge and skills gained from their intercultural learning experience as well as elaborate on how to translate these experiences into resources that can be used in their respective fields and careers.  This session will provide first-hand perspectives to attendees on how they can plan, prepare, and apply their own intercultural learning experiences to their future professional or academic goals.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Global Learning Conference email globallearningconference@ucdavis.edu.