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MSDC Workshops

This page describes the aims of the workshops offered by the MSDC.

The calendar and information on this page are available as a PDF document

Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Writing - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • This is for students that already have a resume (students are encouraged to bring laptops)
  • What content and sections you should put in your resume and what to leave out
  • How to target your resume to the position you want
  • How to enhance their bullet points
  • The basics of Cover Letter writing

Avoiding Plagiarism - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • What plagiarism is, why they need to give sources, and why they must ensure to note their sources the correct way
  • Consequences of plagiarism & plagiarism "rules"
  • Learn the facts about plagiarism before it’s too late

Breaking Down Barriers: Career Issues For Women in STEM - Everyone

  • Women make up only 24% of the workforce in STEM.  What are your opportunities?  How can you make an impact? How can you support others in pursuing their dreams? Come to our panel of STEM employers and faculty to learn more about the opportunities that await you and how to support others.

Career Fair Prep - Everyone

  • What to wear, and what not to wear
  • What to ask employers depending on your year in college
  • How to follow up with employers after the Career Fair

Career Opportunity Fair - Everyone

Career Success Through Humility - Juniors and Seniors

  • What humility is and why it’s important in the workplace
  • How to tell if you’re being humble 
  • Steps to become more humble and how that relates to career success

Careers in Operation Supply Chain Management - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Learn about the Supply Chain Management major
  • Different career opportunities within the industry 
  • How to get involved within the major and industry

Choose Your Channel - Juniors and Seniors

  • This workshop discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various channels and provides suggestions for choosing the right channel to get your message across.

Conducting a Successful Job/Internship Search - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • How to find a job/internship
  • Job and Internship search resources
  • When to search for a job/internship
  • How to stay organized and follow-up professionally with the job/internship search

Cracking the Case II: Identifying Issues and Solving Them - Juniors and Seniors

  • Interactive session that provides an introduction to case analysis
  • Learn how to identify key issues and problems, outline and assess alternative courses of action, and draw conclusions
  • Workshop is hands-on, providing students an opportunity to practice the case analysis process
  • The case analysis process can be applied to analysis of real world business problems.
  • You must attend both sessions of this workshop to receive credit. Pre-registration is required. Email Kimberly LaGrange to reserve your spot

Dorm Room to Board Room - Everyone

  • Summer Internship?  Graduating and moving to your first job?  How do you make a good first impression?  What is important in the first 3 months?  Learn about some of the pitfalls to avoid as you join us as we discuss transitioning from college into your first career. 

Dress to Impress Fashion Show - Everyone

  • Learn the difference between causal, business casual, and business processional! It can be tricky to put your best foot forward and this event will help you make sure you’re on the right track. 

Elevator Pitch Champion: Chris Westfall - Everyone

  • Chris Westfall is the national elevator pitch champion, and the author of The NEW Elevator Pitch. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post. He’s coached clients on Dragon’s Den, and helped secure multi-million dollar revenues, opportunities and investments for a variety of organizations. Westfall has wonderful knowledge about professional development to share with our students.

Elevator Pitch Competition - Everyone

  • Advanced Registration is required. More information will be available later in the semester. 

Ethical Panel 

  • Panelists to be determined

Ethical Student, Ethical Employee - Everyone

  • Identify characteristics of an ethical employee
  • How does this translate into the academic setting
  • Students will learn about the 10 ethical leadership characteristics

Ethics Conference - Everyone

  • Key note speaker: Marc Nichols - Legal Counsel and Director of Compliance—Americas at Rolls-Royce North America.

Ethics of Inclusive Excellence: LGBTQ Community  - Everyone

  • Strategies for working with a diverse workgroup
  • What does inclusive excellence mean 
  • How do these strategies transfer to the workplace

Etiquette Dinner - Everyone

  • Advanced registration and payment is required three days prior to the event by contacting the Career Center
  • “What the Fork?” is a professional etiquette dinner that equips students with the dining knowledge and skills that are essential to their professional success. Students are taken step-by-step through a formal four-course meal while being educated on table manners, dining etiquette and conservation tips. During this dinner, students learn to feel more confident in professional dining situations and begin to master the art of fine dining!

Fundamentals of Resume Writing - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • What types of information to collect to help them write resumes
  • How to use MS Word to build a resume (students are encouraged to bring laptops)
  • Will receive tips on formatting, bullet point creation, and organization of the resume
  • How to start developing references for the future

Getting Creative: Simplex Process for Generating Ideas - Sophomores and Juniors

  • The best solutions to the problems and opportunities we face result from having many ideas to consider,
  • but generating multiple ideas that are unique and creative can be a struggle. This workshop will present 
  • two techniques from the Simplex Process for Applied Creativity: the diverge technique for generating ideas

Got Conflict? - Everyone

  • Understand the different types of conflict, conflict styles, and conflict resolution methods. 
  • Learn to identify different conflict styles and know strategies for communicating with and navigating.   
  • Have the skills to facilitate a difficult conversation.

Google Analytics - Juniors and Seniors

  • What is Google Analytics?
  • How companies use data Google collects to make business decisions 
  • What you need to focus on if you want to be seen as a marketing guru

Graduate School 101 - Juniors and Seniors

  • Graduate education is becoming more and more common and can be necessary to enter or advance in certain fields. This presentation discusses how to evaluate if and when graduate school is needed, as well as how to research and evaluate programs, set application timelines, write personal statements, and consider financial options.

Graduation is Coming - Juniors and Seniors

  • How to create a budget and stick with it
  • How to make those immediate decisions with a new job- benefits, housing, utilities, etc.
  • Expectations for effectiveness on the job

Growth Mindset - Everyone

  • What is growth mindset and so?
  • How to use the growth mindset academically and transition it to the work place
  • The important role of lifelong learning

How to Give a Great Presentation - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Get great tips to help you ROCK any presentation you may have!

iamSTATE iamACADEMIC INTEGRITY - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Understand the academic related policies at Indiana State;
  • Understand consequences if held responsible for academic misconduct; and
  • Be able to connect the importance of academic integrity to professional integrity and ethics

ISBDC: How Can it Help You? - Everyone

  • What it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • Steps you have to consider when starting a business
  • The free tools ISBDC offers to help you succeed 

Leave a Legacy - Everyone

  • Entitled, lazy, sheltered... You have heard what people say about your generation. We believe this generation is the positioned to leave a legacy. Learn how others before have and what you can do to use your business degree to leave a legacy.

Leveraging LinkedIn - Juniors and Seniors

  • How to utilize LinkedIn in the internship and job search
  • How to use LinkedIn to grow their professional knowledge with groups and associations
  • How to use LinkedIn to grow their professional network

Marketing Yourself - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Understand that you are a product and businesses are the potential clients
  • Learn how to create a product that companies will want to hire/buy
  • Identify your weaknesses and how to turn them into strengths
  • Go through the first steps to creating a marketing plan for yourself

Mastering the Career Fair - Juniors and Seniors

  • How to research potential employers
  • Practice their elevator pitch for an internship or a full time position
  • How to set intentional goals for the fair and post-fair follow up.

MyPlan Assessment Workshop - Everyone

  • Students must have taken all 4 assessments and have their results with them to participate.
  • To register or to sign back into MyPlan, navigate to For first time registrants click on “Create Free Account” and when prompted enter license code LV9QF9A8. After completing your Career Assessment, we highly recommend you attend a “MyPlan Review” workshop to help interpret your results and learn how use those results to determine a career path. Be sure to bring a copy of your results.

MySam Training - Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

  • How to maneuver and master your MySam account
  • How to create a schedule that works for you and your program
  • How to verify courses that transferred credits

Negotiating the Behavioral Interview - Seniors

  • What is a behavioral interview
  • How to prepare for a behavior interview 
  • Get practice fielding and answering behavioral interview questions

Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety - Juniors and Seniors

  • Students will be taught the causes of speaking anxiety and shown exercises to help overcome their anxiety about speaking

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch - Everyone

  • What is an elevator speech
  • How to craft one for yourself
  • When you should give your elevator speech

Professionalism in the Workplace - Everyone

  • The term “professional” means different things depending on the environment and the people making the policies. This session will cover what is commonly accepted as “professional” behavior in the job search and in today’s work environment. This presentation will discuss utilizing social media in the job search, interview and workplace attire, professional communication tips, and strategies for making a successful transition into your first job.

Sales Career Exploration Event - Everyone

  • Contact David Fleming to RSVP. Students will not be able to attend unless they’ve reserved their spot.

Sales Industry Panel - Juniors and Seniors

  • Indiana is known for a wide variety of industries.  We have a multitude of similar jobs that can be found in those areas.  In this session, we will look at the industry of sales and how it is found in a wide expanse across Indiana.  Join us as we invite employers from across multiple industries including health care, technology. 

SCOB Alumni Panel – Opportunities and Challenges in the first 10 years after college - Everyone

  • Scott College of Business Networks Scholars Alumni will return to share their insight and experiences regarding graduating, entering the workforce, and starting your career off strong.

Secrets to Studying: Tips to Get Ahead - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Tips on how to effectively take notes during class
  • Smart study tips, along with examples of different methods to approach different materials
  • Strategies for preparing a timeline to help you avoid procrastination

Speed Networking - Freshmen and Seniors

  • Invite Only

Strategies for Interview Success - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • Very few people enjoy interviewing, but preparation and practice can help students stand out from the crowd and set themselves apart from the competition. This presentation covers how to prepare for an interview, different interview formats, proper dress, and strategies to thoroughly answer questions, and what to do after completing an interview.

Student/Alumni Networking Night - Everyone

  • Pre-Registration is required. Contact the Career Center to register for the event.

Team Dynamics - Sophomores and Juniors

  • Stages of team development - what they are and how to survive them
  • How to be an effective "team player" - roles needed for team success
  • Building cohesion on your team to make the team experience more enjoyable

Understanding Professional Boundaries - Everyone

  • How to navigate different cultures in the work place
  • The best way to make a good first impression at your new job
  • How to ask for things in a professional manner

Understanding Your Communication Style - Juniors and Seniors

  • Their MBTI Personality Type and what it means
  • How they take in information, make decisions, and communicate based on their personality
  • Learn how to better communicate with others based on personality preferences

Walking and Talking Like a Professional - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Professional Emailing Etiquette
  • Professional vs Business Casual Dress
  • Basic Professional Communication Dos and Don’ts
  • The Importance of First Impressions and Professional Images

What Can an MBA Do For You? - Juniors and Seniors

  • Overview of the MBA degree
  • The benefits of an MBA and potential careers
  • About the MBA from Indiana State University

What Major is Right for You - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Juniors and seniors will discuss the different business majors available at Indiana State University

Why Do You Do What You Do? An Overview of Temperament Theory - Juniors and Seniors

  • Learn the difference between personality & temperament and its implications on your career.
  • Identify the different types of temperaments & how they act.
  • Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each temperament and their ideal job environments.

Working with Difficult People: Is It You? - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Understand the importance of working well with others
  • Learn tips to help with working with difficult people
  • Identify if you are the difficult person in the group and how to work well with others

Young Alumni Sales Panel - Everyone

  • Students will hear tips and insight for the Career Fair and hiring process from ISU Alumni who have just gone through the process.


Previous workshops included:-

Advanced Outlook - Juniors and Seniors

  • The next step in utilizing Microsoft Outlook to continue improving time management skills
  • How to make Outlook work for you by creating folders and tasks
  • Better utilization of the group meeting feature to help make group project management easier

Be Prepared: Tools for your Professional Tool Box - Everyone

  • Focusing on tasks and goals in Outlook
  • Importance of syncing your technology
  • Apps to help with efficiency 

Business Abroad: Making Decisions Across Cultures - Juniors and Seniors

  • Learn the importance of understanding “local” culture
  • Understand legal implications of following and not following local cultural guidelines
  • Prepare to make “ethical” decisions abroad

Business Customs and Culture of China - Juniors and Seniors

  • Basics of China, including geography, and the political and economic environment
  • Business practices and customs in China
  • Cultural differences between Americans and Chinese
  • Study Abroad opportunities in China

Business Customs and Culture of Italy - Juniors and Seniors

  • Basics of Italy, including geography, and the political and economic environment
  • Business practices and customs in Italy
  • Cultural differences between Americans and Italians
  • Study Abroad opportunities in Italy

Business Customs and Culture of South Africa - Juniors and Seniors

  • Basics of South Africa, including geography, and the political and economic environment
  • Business practices and customs in South Africa 
  • Cultural differences between Americans and South Africans
  • Study Abroad opportunities in South Africa 

Business Customs and Cultures of Thailand - Juniors and Seniors

  • Basics of Thailand, including geography, and the political and economic environment
  • Business practices and customs in Thailand
  • Cultural differences between Americans and Thais
  • Study Abroad opportunities in Thailand

Conexus Indiana Presentation - Everyone

  • A panel of professionals from Conexus Indiana will discuss the ever growing manufacturing and logistic industries. This would be a great opportunity for upper level OSCM students or freshmen or sophomores with undecided majors.

Entrepreneurship: Not Usually Business Majors - Everyone

  • Learn the difference between an Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship & Startups.
  • How to tell if you should go into Entrepreneurship.
  • What to study to be an Entrepreneur

Focus Indiana Information Session - Everyone

  • Interested in receiving a scholarship for having an internship? If so, attend this session to learn more about the Focus Indiana, Rex Breeden, Job Shadow, and Out of State Internship Scholarship.

Freshmen & Sophomore Study Abroad

  • The different study abroad opportunities available
  • How to work study abroad into your schedule
  • The benefits of study abroad to your future career

Getting Back on Track - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • How to identify negative behaviors that hamper progress toward academic and professional goals
  • Strategies to rededicate effort toward those goals
  • How to not let a few mistakes have a large impact on the rest of your semester and time at ISU

How to Fail Successfully - Juniors and Seniors

  • The "art" of failing using the Star Approach
  • How to reflect on failure to articulate lessons learned
  • Important insight on how to answer the "what is your biggest failure" interview question

How to Outlook - Freshmen

  • Develop strategies to use the calendar for academic success
  • Utilize the calendar applications to improve time management
  • Transfer calendaring skills to manage individual and group projects

How to Present Yourself as a Professional - Juniors and Seniors

  • Managing yourself - how you dress, how you speak, how you write
  • Making the hard choices
  • What to do about messy problems

Impending Graduation: How to be an Adult - Juniors and Seniors

  • How to create a budget and stick with it
  • How to make those immediate decisions with a new job- benefits, housing, utilities, etc.
  • Expectations for effectiveness on the job

Industry Spotlight: Healthcare, Sports, & Manufacturing - Everyone

  • General information about this specific industry
  • What types of employers are in this industry and if they recruit at ISU
  • What job titles can someone pursue in these fields
  • Different types of professional organizations or resources are out there for them

Is this a today problem? - Everyone

  • The difference between critical and noncritical tasks
  • How to determine priorities and set goals
  • Break down a large project into more manageable tasks

Junior & Senior Study Abroad

  • The different study abroad opportunities available
  • How to work study abroad into your schedule which can be more difficult as an upperclassmen
  • The benefits of study abroad to your future career

Lessons from the Trenches: Starting Your Career Strong - Everyone

  • Scott College of Business Alumni will return to share their insight and experiences regarding graduating, entering the workforce, and starting your career off strong.

LinkedIn 101 - Everyone

  • What it takes to make a great profile
  • How to connect with individuals on LinkedIn
  • How to use some of the popular features of LinkedIn
  • How to use LinkedIn to do some career exploration

Making Difficult Decisions:  Force Field Analysis - Juniors and Seniors

  • A strategy for considering forces in support of and against a change 
  • Force field analysis can be used with all types of changes 
  • Workshop includes skill practice - an opportunity to apply force field analysis 

Managing the Chaos - Everyone

  • To determine what’s important by using various methods
  • Strategies to keep chaos at bay
  • How to integrate these strategies both professionally and academically

Managing Offers and Salary Negotiations - Seniors

  • How to critically think through jobs offers
  • Resources to research competitive and realistic salaries
  • How to evaluate their own personal worth
  • When and how to negotiate salary and benefits

Master the Art of Meetings - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • Robert's Rules of Order
  • How to keep a group on track and on task 
  • How to create an agenda and assign roles 

Networking in a Crowd of Strangers - Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

  • Learn how to network with professionals
  • Learn how to carry on a conversation and ask appropriate question
  • Learn how to work the room

Non-Profit: Employment with an Impact - Everyone

  • Non-Profit organizations are often thought of as places you volunteer. However, there are a variety of jobs that contribute to the success of any non-profit company. This presentation covers the benefits of working in the non-profit sector and all the opportunities that go with it. This presentation will be employer lead.

Portraying a Professional Social Media Presence* - Everyone

  • Like it or not, social media is part of our everyday lives and is increasingly used by employers in their hiring process. The first part of the social media presentation walks students through employer’s use of social media, common myths, and ways to protect themselves. The second part of the presentation covers what LinkedIn is, how to build a profile, and how to use it to connect with professionals.

Resolving Conflicts within Your Team - Sophomores and Juniors

  • 5 ways to handle conflict within a team or one-on-one
  • How to identify which conflict resolution style is best in different situations
  • Steps for collaboration and problem solving within a team

School, Job, Social Life: How to Have it All - Everyone

  • Tips for making the most of your time at Indiana State University
  • How to balance a demanding schedule to make time for everything
  • Time management tips

Secrets to Studying: Tips to Get Ahead - Everyone

  • Tips on how to effectively take notes during class
  • Smart study tips, along with examples of different methods to approach different materials
  • Strategies for preparing a timeline to help you avoid procrastination

Transitioning from Student to Professional - Juniors and Seniors

  • The basic difference between college and the world of work
  • Behaviors to avoid in the workplace
  • How to start their career off successfully

What can you do today for your career tomorrow? - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • How to start preparing for your career as a freshman and sophomore
  • How to take advantage of all the tools ISU has to offer
  • What you can do to start setting yourself apart from your peers

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? - Everyone

  • What MyPlan is and the other career exploration resources the Career Center has
  • What is Sycamore Career Link and how to use it
  • How to use the Career Center’s newly designed website to explore career options

What you need to know as a Freshman/Sophomore - Freshmen and Sophomores

  • How to start preparing for your career as a freshman and sophomore
  • How to take advantage of all the tools ISU has to offer
  • What you can do to start setting yourself apart from your peers

What you need to know as an ISU Junior and Senior

  • Important information to keep students on track to graduate in four years
  • Things outside of class that you can do to help prepare you for life after graduation
  • Dates to remember

Writing About You Without I - Juniors and Seniors

  • How to write in a you attitude
  • How to focus on skills and knowledge instead of yourself
  • Essential skills for writing the perfect cover letter

Wut Msg R U Sending? - Freshmen

  •  Proper email etiquette
  • ·How to convey a professional tone through email
  • How to avoid making unprofessional mistakes

Your Way With Words - Juniors and Seniors

  • The differences between the way men and women communicate in a professional setting
  • Communication tips to help you be more effective


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Meis Student Development Center
Scott College of Business
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Indiana State University
Phone: 812-237-4580
Fax: 812-237-8720

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Kelly Wilkinson​

Assistant Director:
Kaitlin Diel

ISU Career Center Liaison to the Scott College of Business

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