Career Connections Albuquerque, New Mexico is postponed to September 16-18.
This in-person Career Connections seminar will take place in Albuquerque, NM in partnership with Global Ties ABQ. The event is designed to provide U.S. ExchangeAlumni with skills, resources, and ideas to grow professionally. From interactive workshops on team building, mentorship, and persuasive communications, to panels on inclusive programming, international business, and more, this seminar will equip attendees with countless learning opportunities to build their professional selves.
Date: September 16-18
Location: Albuquerque, NM (in-person)
How to Participate
To participate in Career Connections and Career Connections Global+ programming, attendees must be U.S. citizen ExchangeAlumni and registered for an account on the ExchangeAlumni website at www.alumni.state.gov.
If you have trouble renewing or establishing your account, fill out the account inquiry form at alumni.state.gov/account-inquiry.
NOTE: Global Ties U.S. has limited funds to support travel stipends for alumni. If you are not local to the ABQ area but wish to participate and would like stipend support, please email CareerConnections@globaltiesus.org
How to Register
Registration is open on the ExchangeAlumni website at alumni.state.gov.
To register for Career Connections: ABQ, you will need your ExchangeAlumni account login credentials (see How to Participate for more information).
The link to register is available only in the U.S. ExchangeAlumni section of the ExchangeAlumni website. Once you are logged into the ExchangeAlumni site, please click the button below, and then navigate to the “U.S. ExchangeAlumni” section. From there, you will select “Career Connections” on the left sidebar and be able to register.
Friday September 16
4:00 p.m. MT: Welcome Reception
Saturday September 17
8:00 a.m. MT: Arrival
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. MT: Networking and Special Performance
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. MT: Opening and Welcome Remarks
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. MT: Morning Motivation
This session will highlight the importance of perseverance and self-confidence in career development, and the advantages of having a professional network built from diversity.
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. MT: How is ABQ Supporting Diversity?
This session will cover the efforts of the City of Albuquerque in creating equity and inclusion in the community, how to engage U.S. ExchangeAlumni through the lens of diversity, and how U.S. ExchangeAlumni can contribute to the City’s efforts and develop professional skills along the way.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. MT: Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. MT: Concurrent Breakout Sessions A1 & A2
- A1: Women Diplomats Panel
The panel will focus on professional development, resources, and opportunities provided by the U.S. Department of State for young professionals, and different career opportunities within the government.
- A2: International Business and Trade Panel
Panelists will discuss job creation, professional development, and the importance of diversity empowerment as it relates to economic empowerment from their experiences working in different levels of government and business development.
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. MT: Lunch and Networking
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. MT: Office of Alumni Affairs
The Office of Alumni Affairs cultivates and extends the impact of U.S. Government-funded and sponsored educational and cultural exchange programs through continued engagement with alumni of these programs. This dynamic global network of millions of ExchangeAlumni includes current and former heads of state, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Olympic athletes, award-winning artists, and untold numbers of community leaders and changemakers around the world.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. MT: Concurrent Breakout Sessions – B1 & B2
- B1: Team Building and Being a Leader
This interactive workshop will provide the skills and tools to work in a team environment and how to be a successful leader.
- B2: Cover Letter and Resume/CV Building
This interactive workshop will discuss the differences between cover letters, statements of interest, statements of purpose, and resumes/CVs, how to build such documents, and what makes a strong statement when applying for programs and employment.
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. MT: Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. MT: How Diversity Will Change Your Industry
The inclusion of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in a workplace has shown increased likelihood of capturing new markets, increased revenue and value creation, and a higher chance of making better decisions. This session will highlight the importance of diversity within different industries.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. MT: Cultural Exchange to Engage Diversity
Through cultural exchange, individuals connect on a personal level and create meaningful relationships regardless of their background. This session will highlight the importance of cultural exchange as it enhances mutual understanding of diversity.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. MT: Networking Event
Sunday September 18
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. MT: Concurrent Breakout Sessions C1 & C2
- C1: Mentorship, being a good mentee, and identifying a good mentor
This interactive workshop will focus on the importance of mentorship in career development, how to become a good mentee, and how to find a good mentor that fits the needs of each individual. The goal of this workshop is to provide the tools and skills of mentorship development for the participants.
- C2: Persuasive Communication
This interactive workshop will prepare alumni for interviews, entrepreneurial pitches, and public speaking. Participants will gain skills regarding how to stay calm and focused during public speeches, and how to get their point across in a collected and persuasive manner.
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. MT: Coffee Beak and Networking
10:30: – 11:15 a.m. MT: Importance of Mentorship in International Diversity
This session will highlight the importance of mentorship and diversity for the local community.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT: Closing Remarks
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MT: Lunch and Special Performance
2:00 p.m. MT: End of Activities
*Tentative agenda; exact topics and schedule of events may change.