Getting Ready for What's Next

The Leadership Institute's Chapter After Workshop Series takes places throughout the semester to prepare Kean students for post-graduation success

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Getting Ready for What's Next
The Leadership Institute presents its workshop series to help students be prepared for post graduation success.
Brandon Gervais, Editor

When preparing for the next step after graduating college, students can feel lost in the pressure of getting internships, fixing their resumes and managing their money. The Leadership Institute is presenting their Chapter After Workshops to help students prepare for post-college success. The Chapter After Workshops are a series of lectures that will work with students to instill skills needed for applying for future careers.

The Leadership Institute is a four-year leader certification and preparation program that works with students from when they are incoming freshmen to when they are graduating in their senior year to grow their interpersonal and professional leadership skills.

The first of the Chapter After Workshops took place Wednesday Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC), Room 228, and focused primarily on internships. The Internships 101 workshop helped students learn about different types of internships and the best ways to research, apply and prepare for internships. With the growing competition in various job markets, students are often advised to get an internship before graduation. It can be difficult to navigate the many different types and to find the legitimacy of company programs. This workshop helped students decide which internship is best for them and how to be sure one is set to begin it.

"Not only was this internship workshop a great opportunity to learn the skills you need to gain an internship, but it also was an excellent chance to build your network of peers and professional staff," said Beyanka Wheatley, graduate assistant for the Leadership Institute.

The second of the Chapter After Workshops this semester is the Resume Writing and Interviews workshop happening Nov. 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in MSC Room 228. This workshop is a collaborative effort with the Leadership Institute and Career Services. This workshop will focus on fixing up one's resume and preparing key interview skills to be successful at landing jobs.

Career Services at Kean University is an office that works to connect and prepare students for the real world. With an appointment, students can sit down with a representative from Career Services and go over their resumes. They will help to expand and highlight key attributes and accomplishments catered to the intended position. They will also explain which things need to be removed. To make an appointment, contact Career Services located in the Center for Academic Success (CAS), Room 201 by phone at (908) 737-4626 or by emailing  

The final Chapter After workshop will be on saving money and budgeting. The Money Management workshop is a joint program being produced by both the Leadership Institute and Bank of America. This workshop will have representatives from Bank of America available for answering questions and give insight on saving money, student loans and credit cards.

All of these events presented by the Leadership Institute and their partnering offices are for the benefit of the Kean community to be prepared and gain skills they will need when working in the professional world.

about the author

Brandon Gervais, Editor

Brandon Gervais is a junior English education double major. Brandon works as an Editor for The Cougar’s Byte and originally joined the staff as a Staff Writer in November 2017. He is a part of the Leadership Institute as a Gold leader and has worked as a New Student Orientation Leader. In his free time, he is a performer for a world class independent competitive color guard team and coaches the Union High School Color Guard.