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Spring Back to School: Continuing Education Options for 2014
Tuesday, April 24, 2014| Hubbard Room 6-8pm
Rob Toller, Roberta Rogers-Bednarek, and Emily Canto

Have you dreamed of heading back to school…for a better job…a promising career…and a better you?

Please join Roberta Rogers-Bednarek, Assistant Director, Individualized Degree Program at Trinity College; Emily Canto, Counselor, from the Career Development and Counseling Center at Middlesex Community College; Rob Toller, Assistant Director, Adult Academic Services at University of Hartford, and a group of current adult students for a panel discussion on continuing education options here in Connecticut.

During the discussion, you’ll have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts about personal and career success from current students. You’ll gain confidence in taking that first step to continuing your education, achieving personal goals, as well as learn how flexible, affordable and valued a part-time college education can be!

Please register at the Information Desk or call 860-347-2520.

The Art of the Interview
Tuesday, April 29, 2014| Hubbard Room 6-8pm
Jeff Metzger

You’ve gotten the call- they want to schedule an interview. Do you immediately panic and feel unprepared? In today’s job market, nailing the interview can seal the deal in obtaining that new job. In this workshop Jeff will discuss strategies for successful interviewing and give tips that will ease some of your anxieties about the interview process. Topics will include:

  • Preparing For an Interview
  • Answer Strategies
  • Can They Ask Me That?
  • What Questions Do You Have For Me?
  • Practice and Role Playing

Please register at the Information Desk or call 860-347-2520.

2020 Game Changers: How to Prepare for Success
Tuesday, May 13, 2014| Hubbard Room 6-8pm
Marcia LaReau

This presentation is for every entrepreneur, every jobseeker, and anyone who wants to earn an income now through 2030. Technology is changing everything: how we live, work, and conduct business. But technology is just the medium. It’s the bridge that will change the lives of every American and every American business.

Dr. Marcia LaReau will be discussing current technological advancements that will change our everyday living. Topics include 3D printing, Big Data, nanotechnology and the onslaught of disruptive innovation, which will either bring overnight opportunity or failure to businesses in your community. 

As founder of Forward Motion, Dr. Marcia LaReau focuses on meticulous, up-to-date, ground-breaking research about the ever-changing business and employment environment. Dr. LaReau’s background includes Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Music and a doctorate in adult education. Her career includes 15 years as a college teacher, 12 years as an orchestral conductor, 10 years in the corporate sector as a Project Manager, Learning Technologist, and HR Director.

Please register at the Information Desk or call 860-347-2520.

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 9:30-noon on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. 45 minute sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat , Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call a week in advance.  We ask that you confirm your appointment within 3 days of that call.  To cancel an appointment, please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 at least 48 hours ahead of time so that another job seeker may be served. 

Resume Review and Interview Coaching

Business professional Jeff Thierfeld offers in-depth resume review and interview coaching.  Sessions are held three Saturdays each month.  To sign up for a 1 hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice. We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Practice Phone Interviews

This service is being offered by Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Phone interviews are a fundamental part of the job search process and need to be treated as seriously as the face-to-face interview. Improve your interviewing skills without leaving the comfort of your home. Bob Carlson will call you at your location and scheduled time. ½ hour sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.  

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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