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Project Ex: Explore, Experience, Execute

Date Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9 a.m. - noon
Location Benson Great Hall - View maps and directions
RegistrationOnline registration is now closed but students may still register the morning of the event beginning at 9:00 am in the CLC Atrium.
SponsorsDepartment of Business and Economics with the Office of Career Development and Calling

Event Description

Join us for the 4th annual Project Ex, a professional and career development seminar for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our goal is to equip you for your career, whether you are a first-year student still figuring out your major or a senior building your resume and negotiating a job offer.

Keynote Speaker

Chad Schwitters C'95 is the executive director of Urban Homeworks, Inc., a Minneapolis nonprofit dedicated to perpetuating the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces equitable, dignified housing, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate. In his 17 years there, Chad has provided both vision and inspiration. He has given direction to the leadership team, envisioned new approaches to funding development strategies, and laid the foundation for the organization’s culture and mission. Outside the organization, he works to cultivate key stakeholder relationships and partnerships.

Chad received his B.A. in business from Bethel University and has recently been named 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Along with his wife and three children, Chad lives out his commitment to the community he serves by calling North Minneapolis home. 


9-9:30 a.m. | Coffee and Donut Holes | CLC Lobby
9:30-10 a.m. | Opening Session | Benson Great Hall
10:10-11 a.m. | Breakout Session I | Various locations
11:10 a.m.-Noon | Breakout Session II | Various locations
1-3 p.m. | Internship and Job Fair | Brushaber Commons Level 2

Breakout Sessions

What Can I Do With A Bus/Econ Major?

Recommended for PSEO, Freshman, and Undecided Majors | Learn about career options for each of the Business and Economics majors. This session will feature a panel of Bus/Econ department faculty from each of the major areas: accounting, business analysis and analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing, and leadership.

How To Make The Most Of Your College Years

Recommended for PSEO and Freshman | A panel of seniors will share recommendations and reflections about the best actions they took to prepare for their career and life after Bethel. Learn which activities and decisions can help you make the most of your time in college and set you up for future success.

Effective Resumes

Recommended for Sophomores and Juniors |  Do you wonder what employers are looking for when they scan your resume? In this session you will learn how to create an effective resume that will make it through the screening process.

Branding Yourself Using Social Media

Recommended for Sophomores and Juniors | Today’s professionals have the opportunity to build a personal brand utilizing social media which can accelerate the process. Learn strategies and tips on how to use these powerful tools to your advantage! This presentation will touch on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.

Mastering Professional Social Events

Recommended for Sophomores and Juniors |  Professional social situations can be awkward, yet important business is often conducted during social events and in casual settings.  Are you prepared?  Your you ability to maneuver small talk, food and drink and more speaks volumes about you as a professional.  Learn from experts on how to navigate your way around these social events with confidence.

Networking or Notworking

Recommended for Sophomores and Juniors |  Everyone says that networking is important, but it often seems awkward and overwhelming! Hear practical tips and strategies from seasoned networkers on how to make networking work for you.

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

Recommended for Juniors and Seniors | Have you ever wondered what it actually looks like to live out your faith at work? This session will feature a panel of professionals who will share advice and stories on faith at work.

The Big Transition: College to Career

Recommended for Seniors |  Learn how to make a smooth, successful leap into the working world. Topics include: right attitudes & expectations, effective relationships, organizational politics, managing impressions, company culture, and developing work savvy.

Negotiating My First Job Offer

Recommended for Seniors | This session will provide an overview of the types of benefits commonly offered by employers and which are negotiable. You will learn strategies for negotiating salary and benefits. This session will include practice in negotiating.

How To Spend Your Paycheck

Recommended for Seniors |  Excited about your first paycheck?! Do you know how much will be taken out for taxes? At this session, you will see a realistic example of a budget and learn how much you can afford to save, spend, and give.


Contact Lela Sanchez Oslin at l-oslin@bethel.edu.