Career Bytes Conference

 


­Prepare – Connect – Succeed

This is the theme of the fourth annual Career Bytes Conference. The Career Development Center understands that students are challenged with connecting their academic experiences to the demands of the competitive global workplace. It can be overwhelming and time-consuming. The Career Bytes Conference provides an opportunity for students to gain professional “know how” in a concentrated, customizable, interactive one-day forum.

The Career Bytes Conference focuses on a) helping students understand what employers are looking for when hiring, b) internship and job search strategies, c) interviewing techniques, d) business and career planning, e) how to identify and market their value, and f) how to cultivate a professional network.

Keynote-iconKeynote Speaker

Moyo Adeolu is a Chicago native and first-generation Nigerian-American. Moyo graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Springfield (UIS) in the Spring of 2016. Currently, she is a videographer for the Illinois Senate Democratic caucus where she also hosts a digital show informing the public about legislative efforts and events taking place in the State of Illinois.

Her passion for digital storytelling inspired her to produce her own digital show “Making it with Moyo”. Moyo interviews influential entrepreneurs and shares their personal stories on how they are making their goals a reality.

Moyo’s UIS experience included being a member of the UIS Dancing Stars Team, Vice President of African Student Association, and a member of the STARS (Students Transitioning for Academic Success) living-learning community on campus. She eventually became a peer mentor for the program.  On-campus, Moyo also worked for the Office of Electronic Media, Women’s Center, and on the marketing team for WUIS.

In 2015, Moyo traveled to Brussels, Belgium through UIS’ study abroad program. There she learned more about media production and worked with people from different cultures, which has been helpful in the workplace.

In her free time, she enjoys hosting events and traveling to new countries.

Moyo’s career path hasn’t been exactly what she expected, but she looks forward to growing in her career as an on-air correspondent.

register-iconRegistration

Students (In-Person & Online):  Register for the Conference (2 Options)

  1. Go to CareerConnect and click on the “Events” tab *Online Students MUST register on CareerConnect –  Select the Online Participant Option 
  2. Go to the Career Development Center page on UIS Connection and select “RSVP to Event.”

If you need any assistance registering feel free to reach out to the Career Development Center at (217) 206-6508 or careerservices@uis.edu.

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Alumni, Employer, Faculty & Staff Guests: 

The Career Development Center welcomes your participation in the Networking and Buffet Lunch at the Career Bytes Conference.

Please RSVP here to attend the Buffet Lunch & Networking Event

calendar Conference Schedule – Student Union, Center Ballroom (2nd Floor)

11:45-12:00 PM          Sign In/Receive Conference Packet – (Brandt Thomas Lounge – Ballroom)

12:00-12:30 PM          Buffet lunch and Networking

12:30-1:00 PM            Welcome/Keynote Address (In-Person/Webcast) – Moyo Adeolu, 2016 UIS Alum

  • Interviewer: Charmynne Itson, M.A. Human Services (2020)

1:05–2:05 PM             Employer Panel & Discussion (In-Person/Webcast)

Step Up & Stand Out: Hear from employer panelists about what skills are in demand and how to market yourself for career success!

Panelists:  Stephanie Davingman, Clinical Program Manager, Lutheran Child and Family Services
Lindsay Smith,  Talent Acquisition Consultant, Hospital Sisters Health System                 Raychel Yokem,  Human Resources Business Partner, The Horace Mann Companies

2:10-2:30 PM            Career Bits – Round Table Mini Sessions (2 sessions/10 minutes each)
Roundtable Topics include: (maximum of 5 session topics will be chosen)

  • NACE Career Readiness Competencies (Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingOral/Written CommunicationsTeamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management, and Global/Intercultural Fluency). 
  • Discussion Leaders: Yakashia Barber, M.P.A. (2021); Mohinish Lokesh, M.S. Computer Science (2021); Naya Malone, B.B.A. with Marketing concentration (2023); Daniela Ntedika, B.A. Communication (2022); & Vyvyan Wesley, M.A. Education (2020)

2:35–3:00 PM        Cookies, Conversation, and Conference Wrap-Up – Students will receive a portfolio upon completing an evaluation.