Monday / November 14
Student Attendee Conference
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Led by Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Past President, American Water Resources Association
Open to students and other first-time professional
conference attendees, the goal is to show how to "design"
their own conference experience. You will learn proper networking
techniques that will offer the opportunity to experience all
that the AWRA national conference has to offer. Additionally,
each session attendee will be asked to spend a moment or two
and describe what expectations each has from the conference
and the moderator will assist in realizing these expectations.
There is no charge for this orientation.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Led by Student Activities Committee
This social event will offer an opportunity for
students of different levels (undergraduate and graduate) and
different academic institutions to become acquainted with each
other, mingle, and share their ideas and expectations about
the conference and their careers in a comfortable atmosphere.
Wednesday / November 16
Special Student Session
Learning How to Maximize Success
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
- Roger Copp, A.D.A. Engineering, Inc., Tampa,
Job Strategy Now: Learning How to Maximize
Often, students are so focused on achieving a
high GPA that they overlook the importance of planning for transition
to the post academic world. Abundant opportunities and resources
should be utilized and leveraged by students to develop themselves
as professionals, as well as maximizing the potential for securing
a good job. Learning how to manage and leverage the use of these
resources is fundamental in developing an effective job strategy.
Important elements in job strategy are: 1) demonstrating
leadership capabilities; 2) networking through your peers, universities,
committees, and industry, and; 3) understanding the job search
process, employer, and hiring protocols. In regards to leadership,
students can identify opportunities to demonstrate leadership
skills even in small roles. Understanding how to identify the
opportunities as well as what employers look for in regard to
leadership is sometimes difficult. Leadership and understanding
your strengths is key to developing a job strategy and increasing
your exposure. As for networking, it is an art and a science.
You have most likely heard that you have to build your network
to find a job or jumpstart your career. Many people talk about
the importance of networking, but few talk about how to actually
do it. Conferences and meetings such as the 2016 AWRA Annual
Conference provide many opportunities to network, but making
the most out of these opportunities can sometimes be challenging.
The last element is understanding the job search process, employer,
and hiring protocols. This element is integral to putting students
in the best position to get the job they want. There are many
different methodologies to obtaining a job, as well as many
different types of employers. Doing your "homework"
will set you up for success.
This professional development session will provide
students with an introduction into developing a successful job
strategy, with special emphasis on how to highlight leadership
skills, how to network and communicate effectively, and an introduction
in what employers look for when hiring. It will provide practical
and tangible tips, techniques to craft your "elevator pitch",
concepts that you can utilize to showcase yourself within your
resume and interview, and strategies to meet the challenges
of networking and ensure your success. This session will be
presented by a panel of specialized speakers comprised by human
resources professionals from both the consulting and academic
industries. Students will be provided the opportunity to ask
questions and receive coaching on strategies, the various opportunities,
and risks that students should be aware of as they embark on
the job search.
Student Career Night:
Panel of Professionals Discussion and Speed Networking
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Please contact Suzanne
Mechler by Nov. 4 to sign up for this event.
Moderator: Suzanne Mechler, CDM Smith,
Boca Raton, FL
Kelly Kibler, Assistant Professor, University of Central
Florida, Orlando, FL
Bruce Williams, Principal Environmental Scientist, GeoEngineers,
Duane De Freese, Executive Director, Indian River Lagoon
Council & Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Sebastian,
Celeste Journey, Water Quality Specialist, U.S. Geological
Survey Columbia, SC
Valerie Seidel, President and Principal Economist, The
Balmoral Group, Winter Park, FL
Josefin Hirst, Engineer, Associate at Hazen and Sawyer,
This session will be an opportunity for undergraduate
and graduate students to explore water -related careers. Student
will learn about experiences and opportunities that are available
in various water resources vocations and will learn how water,
as a career, is evolving. The session will be presented in two
parts. First, a panel of professionals will discuss the substance
of what they do and describe their work environment. Following
the panel discussion, students will have the opportunity to formulate
questions to the panel in an open-mic fashion. Finally, following
the Q & A open-mic allotted time, students will have the opportunity
to meet and network with professionals from various water resources
disciplines in a 30-minute closing social networking session.
Students are encouraged to bring their resumes. Food and beverage
will be provided at this event.