Career Conference 2013: Finding Your Path

Friday, January 18, 2013
Bryant Hall @ Scott Stadium







Thanks to all who participated in this year's conference! We owe special thanks to the following UVA organizations and departments for participating in our resource fair:

OAAA Peer Advisor Program

University Internship Program

Learning in Action

Peace Corps

Housing & Residence Life

Peer Health Advisor Program

Madison House

Student Activities

International Studies Office


We hope to see you all again next year!

Speaker Bio: Daniel Seddiqui

Daniel Seddiqui graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics. Initially, Daniel attended the University of Oregon where he was a nationally ranked track and cross county athlete, which he continued at USC.

After graduating college in 2005, Daniel experienced a harsh reality. He failed over 40 job interviews, leaving him frustrated and confused. After volunteering for several years, Daniel devised the plan to work 50 Jobs in 50 States. He sought work that reflected the culture and economy of each state. From making cheese in Wisconsin and lobstering in Maine, to being a coal miner in West Virginia, Daniel was gracious to explore the opportunities of America that he didn't know existed.

He proved that this is still the land of opportunity, but the discovery comes with taking risks, utilizing networks, being adaptable, endurance and perseverance. Accomplishing his goal in the midst of the recession, Daniel has appeared on international and national media outlets. He is now founder and director of Living the Map, an experiential learning program designed for students. Daniel's book, 50 Jobs in 50 States, is an international bestseller. He has had continued success on the lecture stage and has inspired and encouraged many on how to succeed in their personal journey through unconventional avenues.


This conference is co-sponsored by the Class Councils of 2014 and 2015

Special thanks to the following employers for their generous gifts and raffle donations:

  • Sands Capital Management
  • Enterprise
  • Venture for America
  • Microsoft
  • DLT Solutions
  • General Mills
  • Target
  • Paycom
  • Crutchfield
  • Geico
  • SAIC
  • Educational Housing Services, Inc
  • Keiter
  • Ernst & Young

Tentative Schedule

  • 2:00-2:30pm Registration & Refreshments

  • 2:30-3:15pm Keynote Address with Author Daniel Seddiqui: Living the Map, 50 Jobs in 50 States

  • 3:30-3:50pm Session A Breakouts

    Etiquette 101: Do you know the appropriate silverware to use during a lunch or dinner interview? Where does your napkin go when you leave the table? What should you order at a restaurant? Is it acceptable to order before your interviewer? Do you understand the difference between business casual and business formal interview attire? Should you handwrite or e-mail a thank you note? Are you an etiquette expert? Confident you know the answers to these questions? If not, sign up for Etiquette 101 to impress with finesse!

    What are you going to do with THAT?: Having a MAJOR crisis? Have no fear, you have plenty of post-graduation options no matter what major you choose. Get a sneak peek at how recent UVa grads have used the skills from their majors in creative and interesting ways. You might even win a prize!

    Be Remembered: When interacting with employers and other professionals, you want to be remembered for the right things-your confidence, poise, and demeanor. Learn how to construct an introduction that communicates essential professional information, but also communicates confidence!

    Six-Word Headlines: Before you can figure out what you want to do, you have to figure out who you are! Sign up for this session to learn about a different way of answering the classic question: "Tell me about yourself."

    Taking the Initiative: Do you wonder what an average day is like for a professional in a career you are interested in? Do you want to learn more about different careers to figure out what might be best for you? You can find these answers and more just by talking to professionals! Learn how to find and interview people to help you clarify your own career interests. This session will feature informational interviewing in action from the Career Exploration Video Project.

    The Party Game: Do you like parties? Sign up for this session to see how the groups of people you choose to talk to at a party reflect your interests and future career choices. By attending this party, you will gain insights into what majors and careers are best for you!

    Different Strategies to Land an Internship: Daniel Seddiqui will discuss exactly how he was able to land a new position every Monday. While working one job, he was focusing on landing more. There is no wrong way or right way to finding work, but there's always a way.

  • 4:00-4:20pm Session B Breakouts

    Topics same as above
  • 4:30-5:00pm Closing Reception & Information Fair

    Featuring experiential learning opportunities from offices and departments spanning the University and Charlottesville community.



What are some of the perks of attending the conference?

A chance to hear an accomplished author and admission to several sessions of your choice. Many of the topics will not be addressed at any other time of the year. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a raffle, and drawings will take place at the end of the day. However, every attendee will leave with a small gift.

What is appropriate conference attire?

Appropriate attire for the conference is business casual (ex: khaki pants, slacks or skirt with a nice button-up shirt or sweater).

Where is Bryant Hall located?

Bryant Hall is located on the U.Va. Grounds at Scott Stadium. Show me where Bryant Hall is...

How do I get to Bryant Hall?

University Transit Service buses will be operating on full service schedules the day of the conference. The U Loop bus stops directly in front of Bryant Hall. Show me the UTS routes.

Can I park at Bryant Hall?

There is no student parking and very limited metered parking at Bryant Hall. Parking & Transportation will be ticketing cars illegally parked. Avoid the hassle. You can easily take the bus or walk to Bryant Hall!

What time should I plan to arrive for the conference?

Check-in will begin at 2:00pm. You must be here for registration in order to receive your breakout session assignments. The opening session will begin promptly at 2:30pm.

What should I bring with me to the conference?

Your questions, energy, and enthusiasm! Attendees will receive all other necessary materials (ie: folder, notepad, pen).

What does the conference cost?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the 2013 Career Conference is FREE for U.Va. students.

I have needs that require special accommodations. Whom should I contact?

Please notify UCS if you require any accommodations.

I registered for the conference, but my plans have changed and I will no longer be attending. What should I do?

Out of courtesy for your peers who may be on the "wait list", you should notify UCS of your change in plans.