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CS 396: Meeting 2 – Networking

Dear students,

Today Alyssa from Career Services will help us prepare for the upcoming career fair. I’d like to take a moment to say that you’ve got an awesome opportunity here. I had nothing like this when I was an undergraduate, and I spent many hours sending emails to potential employers and never hearing back. It was very frustrating. On September 28, however, you get to be locked in a room with a whole bunch of people that want to hire you. This is a sweet deal.

The readings for next time focus on a skill that can take immense pressure off of you during conversations: ask questions.

Here’s your TODO list for next time:

  • Check your email for the first grade report. If you missed the Slack discussion points, you have the rest of the night to remedy the situation!
  • Bring at least two printed copies of your resume to class next week. This itself is worth 1 Blugold. One copy will be turned in to me, and the other will be marked up during our resume review.
  • Read How to Ask Better Questions.
  • Read The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything.
  • Read Interview Questions You Should Be Asking.
  • Discuss these articles in your small group Slack channel. Consider answering these questions:
    • What questions would you ask would-be employers?
    • What ideas from the readings are most interesting, disturbing, confirming, or life-changing?
    • Are there points you disagree with? Initiate a respectful debate.
    • What experiences from your life align or do not align with the articles?
    Please make at least two separate posts sharing your own coherent thoughts. Additionally, respond to at least three of your channelmates posts. Complete these before next Tuesday at noon.

See you next class!


P.S. It’s time for a haiku!

0.1 is bad
But just spell it G-A-P
Then it’s 3.9

P.P.S. Here’s another:

Talking is awkward
But you’ll do much less of it
With a weird handshake


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