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UK Alumni Career Services hosts Career Management Week

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2023) — University of Kentucky Alumni Association Career Services will host its third annual Career Management Week Nov. 13-16, 2023. Sessions are designed for UK alumni and friends looking to build a professional network, to manage their careers and to explore professional growth opportunities.  

“For more than 20 years, we have had the pleasure of helping UK alumni and friends manage their careers,” said Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services. “This series presents the latest strategies to help maneuver the many phases of one’s career. We know these sessions will benefit many.”  

The schedule for Career Management Week:  

The Pivot Playbook: 10 Steps to a Successful Career Change  

Monday, Nov. 13 | noon–1 p.m. ET 

Online location: Zoom  

Presented by Caroline Francis, director, UK Alumni Career Services 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are changing jobs about every four years. Are you contemplating a major career change but are unsure where to start? Join us as we unveil a comprehensive playbook of 10 manageable steps to ignite your career transformation. Gain valuable insights into proven strategies for making effective pivots, avoid common pitfalls, and receive inspirational and practical advice from individuals who have triumphantly navigated career changes. Get ready to embark on a journey of thriving in your new professional path.  

Register here. 

From Career Peak to Retirement Dip: Money Alone Won’t Save You  

Wednesday, Nov. 15 | noon–1 p.m. ET 

Online location: Zoom  

Presented by Eric Weigel, founder of Retire with Possibilities, author and speaker 

Most high achieving professionals look forward to retirement as the day when they can finally let their guard down and spend more time having fun, but what they never anticipate is that within a few short months excitement often turns into feeling lost, bored, confused and even anxious about their next phase in life. In this session high achieving professionals will learn the three-step process to prepare for a successful transition into retirement that goes beyond just being financially set.  

Register here 

Leveraging AI in Job Search Strategies  

Thursday, Nov. 16 | noon–1 p.m. ET  

Online location: Zoom  

Presented by Amy Gamblin, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services 

Discover ways to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) generative software to assist your job search strategies. AI is increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives and may be challenging to explore. In this session, participants will be empowered to feel confident in using this tool in their job search. The session will look at effective ways to use AI in resume writing, interviewing techniques and other job search strategies, as well as, examine the limitations of AI and why having a career service professional in your corner is essential when utilizing the tool.       

Register here 

Wildcat Women’s Networking Event  

Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30–7 p.m. ET 

The Campbell House | The Still Room | 1375 Broadway, Lexington

Research continues to prove that networking is the most valuable step you can take to enhance your professional career. Join fellow UK Alumni and friends while enjoying light appetizers at The Campbell House in Lexington. The credentialed career team will share networking strategies. You won’t want to miss this fun event! All genders welcome. Cost to attend is $10 per person and space is limited.  

Register here 

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.