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Kahoot! and Quizzo and Bingo, Oh My! CareerFEST Goes Virtual with Games, Prizes, and More

by Janelle Hill Aug 31, 2020

The Career Development Center’s kickoff to the fall semester is going virtual with not one but four days of fun. 

Nicole Somers ’22, a medical studies major, and Karla Quintanilla ’21, a marketing major, worked with the center all summer long to make CareerFEST a reality. Instead of the typical one-day event, CareerFEST will span four days with virtual hour-long sessions.

“We wanted to keep everything shortened—an hour max,” says Somers. “After having classes on Zoom all day, you just want to take a break and this is a mental relax for a lot of students, where they can also get some really cool prizes out of it.”

It all kicks off Monday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. with Career Kahoot!—an introduction to the Career Development Center and a friendly game of Kahoot! Tuesday’s session—Resume and Cover Letter Quizzo—centers on building the perfect resume and cover letter, with ArtsQuest hosting a game of Quizzo.

Mass Mutual hosts Wednesday’s event—Career Bingo—about interview etiquette during COVID-19, followed by a career version of bingo. On Thursday, students are encouraged to submit a short video marketing their favorite summer treat for the Ice Cream Flipgrid Social. Each night will also feature fun prizes, including Inside Scoop gift cards and a mystery gift.

“It’s important to start learning about the different resources that are available campus-wide. CareerFEST is a great way to find a friend, a mentor, or to just learn tips and tricks on how to navigate the college journey.”

 Karla Quintanilla ’21, marketing major

Both Somers and Quintanilla became career ambassadors with the Career Development Center after attending the First-Year Leadership Summit their freshman year. Planning this year’s CareerFEST became a learning lesson in flexibility and adaptability. 

“Nicole and Karla volunteered over the summer, and working with these students this summer was more like working with professional colleagues,” says Melanie Vallone, assistant director of employer and alumni relations. “I was just so impressed with their initiative, leadership, and professionalism.”

The Career Development Center is hosting a number of events this semester, including a Graduate School Virtual Fair on September 30, a Career and Internship Virtual Fair on October 14, a Financial Stability seminar on November 10, and a National Career Development Day on November 11.