Personal Development Seminars

Non-Work-Study Eligible  (Click on dates to register)

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Knowing and Promoting Your Strengths in the Workplace and Beyond

Every new job requires you to meet new people and sell yourself and your skills. Learning how to communicate your strengths will benefit you and any team you work with, now and in the future. In this session you’ll learn how to:

  • identify three or more of your strengths,
  • verbally articulate through clear and concise stories how you have used each strength (transferable skill) to carry out a responsibility or create a positive outcome, and
  • communicate to others how you have used and developed your transferable skills to benefit an employer or team in the work place.

April 29, 9:40 a.m. - Mott Room, Union

Leader:  Brenda Ranum

How To Leverage LinkedIn For Your Life After Luther

Searching for an advanced degree program, internship, or job opportunity? Make sure you put your best face forward online through successfully using LinkedIn, a professional social networking platform. This workshop goes beyond the basics of setting up a profile by offering tips and tricks to creating effective headlines and summaries that will get you noticed. We will also review best practices for connecting with others on LinkedIn, establishing a reputation in your field, and growing a smart network.

Note: Please bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop along with basic resume information, including a professional picture of yourself (in digital format) so that you can follow along with the various exercises.

January 28, 7:30 p.m. - Main 111

Leaders:  Jennifer Rian and Brenda Ranum

Help! I'm Being Interviewed at a Five-star Restaurant!  

Whether you are mingling at a reception or being interviewed for a job over dinner, knowing proper etiquette and protocol will make a strong impression to potential employers (and your future mother-in-law!).  In this session, which will include dinner, you will learn appropriate manners, dress, and conversation tips to help you successfully navigate social occasions.  The seminar is free to students on a meal plan.  Your ID number will be reported to Catering Services.   If you are not on a meal plan, you will need to pay $7.50 in advance - take your payment to the President's Office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the day of the seminar.

February 11, 6:00 p.m. - Nobel Room, Union

March 11, 6:00 p.m. - Nobel Room, Union

Leaders: Ann Sponberg Peterson and Wayne Tudor

Your Money, Your Life

Making smart financial decisions can make all the difference in successfully moving beyond the Luther bubble. This seminar will help you create a personal budget, understand your paycheck, manage loans and credit card debt, and learn about saving and investing.

February 25, 7:30 p.m. - Valders 206

April 15, 7:30 p.m. - Olin 301

Leader: Diane Tacke

Beyond Spaghetti and Cereal

You might not realize how great you have it in college: surrounded by coffee shops and eateries, including the Caf, where three meals a day are served to you on demand. Learning to shop, prepare food, and stay within a budget can be daunting. This seminar will offer tips on planning a variety of healthy, tasty meals and managing grocery bills.

January 21, 7:30 p.m. - Valders 379

March 4, 7:30 p.m. - Valders 379

April 15, 7:30 p.m. -  Valders 379

Leader:  Johanna Bergan

Back from Abroad: Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience

This session is designed to help you explore ways to communicate the value of your Luther study abroad experiences to graduate schools, employers, and others. You'll have the opportunity to think, reflect, and consider ways to make your international experiences relevant for the next step in your life's journey.

February 25, 9:40 a.m. - Main 116-B

Leaders: Jon Lund and Carol Johnston

Living On Your Own

This two-part seminar will review some of the important things to be aware of as you relocate to a new place and begin living on your own.  The first half hour of the seminar will focus on things to consider when searching for an apartment or home.  What are your responsibilities and rights as a renter?  Should you purchase insurance? The second half hour of the seminar will be spent behind Main with one of Luther's vehicles, where you will learn some basic car maintenance tips.

March 18, 9:40 a.m. - Main 116-B

April 15, 9:40 a.m. - Main 116-B

Leaders: Mike Harman and Steve Arneson