Waynesburg to host ‘Free Professionals Day’ for student body

On Feb. 12, the Waynesburg University Pathway Center is holding a Free Professional’s Day for all students on campus.

The event will be held at the Stover Campus Center. Director for the Pathways Center, Sarah Bell, gave a more detailed description of the event.

“The Pathways Center is collaborating with Purpose & Leadership Academy to offer three of the sessions taking place during Future Professionals Day: The Mock Interview Sessions; a Resume, Cover Letter, and Dress for Success Workshop; and open Career Closet hours,” Bell said. “Future Professionals Day is, essentially, a one-stop shop where students can participate in a variety of professional development activities all in one day.”

Haley Berry, a 2023 Waynesburg University graduate and current graduate assistant in the Academic Affairs office played a big part in planning the event. 

She is also a member of the ‘Purpose and Leadership Academy’ and talked more about how the event is funded.

“PLA events are funded through Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) grant awards,” Berry said. “NetVUE is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.”

 Berry also says that the driving force behind the event is the professional development of students. 

“The overall goal for the event is to engage students in professional development opportunities and help them achieve future success,” Berry said. “Ideally, students will leave Future Professionals Day with a free headshot and business card for personal branding, mock interview experience with a professional either in their field or in a related industry, ideas to improve their resume, and knowledge they can implement in their future.”

Berry also says that opportunities to participate in mock interviews, take professional headshots, and business card reaction stations are on a limited first come first serve basis. 

The Pathway Center is also teaming with McMillan Photography, the Design Club and Waynesburg University alumni to help create these different stations for students at the event.