Cardinal Directions (formerly known as “Stars to Steer By”) is a career series geared to students in Anthropology, English, History, Modern Languages & Classics, and Philosophy & Religious Studies. Register once and you’ve got access to all events. Remember: recent alumni still looking for jobs or interested in a career pivot are also welcome! 

W March 2

5-6 PM

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Personal Branding aka There’s No One Like You

As a job candidate, it’s important to know how to differentiate yourself from the crowd. What makes you distinctive, and how do you convey that distinctiveness online, on paper, and in person? In this session, you’ll complete a few different writing activities aimed at helping you to find and articulate your “brand.” Even though the speaker HATES that word. 

Cathy Day
W March 16

5-6 PM

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Self Assessment

Long-term career fulfillment begins when you know what jobs might be a good fit for you—not by forcing yourself to fit into various jobs. This session will help you identify your skills, values, interests, and preferences. We will complete various self-assessments to help you gain clarity and focus, followed by a discussion of what career pathways you should explore.  

Cathy Day and Emily Karas
W March 23

5-6 PM

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Networking for Introverts

Do you get anxious about advertising yourself to potential employers? Do you worry about how you can get a job when you don’t really know how to network? This session will teach you how to network and widen your professional circles, both in real life and online, with minimum terror and anxiety.  

Cathy Day
W April 6

5-6 PM

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New Rules for Resumes

As technology changes, so do the rules for what makes a good resume. Many employers today use software programs called ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to review submitted resumes—and studies show that up to 75% of resumes are unreadable to the ATS programs and simply rejected. We’ll talk about keyword optimization and formatting, as well as the anatomy of bullet points and quantifying your accomplishments. Learn how to put your best foot forward on your job search. 

Cathy Day
13 April 

5-6 PM

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Using LinkedIn and Cardinals Connect on Your Job Search

You’ve heard the saying that getting a job is about “who you know.” Well, lucky for you, it’s never been easier to know people, thanks to sites like LinkedIn and Ball State’s alumni networking platform, Cardinals Connect. We’ll talk about what goes into a good LinkedIn profile and how to approach alumni for mentoring opportunities. Approximately 300 Ball State humanities alumni have signed up already for Cardinals Connect and indicated they want to help current students

Cathy Day
20 April

5-6 PM

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Informational Interviews and Job Shadows

A great way to learn whether a particular career might be a good fit for you is to talk to someone in that field via an informational interview or a job shadow. But it can be intimidating to approach people and ask them for this kind of help. We’ll discuss how to research and set up these opportunities, and how to evaluate them afterwards as part of your job search process.

Cathy Day 
27 April 5-6 PM

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Resume Workshop with Alumni 

Join us as a small group of Ball State humanities alumni from a variety of fields review resumes from current students. They’ll provide invaluable feedback on each resume’s level of effectiveness that all attendees can apply to their own documents. 

Cathy Day

Melissa Jones Bruno Reinert