Getting the Job: Selling the Value of your Greener Education to your Next Employer

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Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
SEM II B-1105

 Session Description:

If you’ve ever tried to encapsulate your Evergreen educational experience in a few words, you probably know it’s tricky. In this workshop, you will work in small groups to write short, powerful statements that can be used in interviews with future employers or graduate school recruiters. These statements will show how your Evergreen liberal arts education makes you a valuable asset to any organization. Join the fun, share the memories, then go out and nail that next interview. 

Facilitator Biographies:

Craig Chance

Craig Chance '81: Craig is a Senior Vice President at Columbia Bank where he manages the Community Financial Resources unit that is responsible for the bank’s community development strategies including U.S. SBA lending.  He has been with Columbia Bank since 1998; previously Craig managed the SBA Lending Program at Centennial Bank in Olympia for 9 years. He began his career in SBA Lending in 1987 as a member of the State of Washington's Community Development Finance Program, which assists Washington lenders and businesses in structuring financing for business expansions.

Craig graduated from Evergreen in 1981, where he was a recipient of a Foundation Scholarship. He went on to earn his MBA at Pacific Lutheran University. Craig serves as Chairman of the Board of the Housing Authority of Thurston County, and is a life long resident of Olympia, where he lives with his wife Kathy.

Steve Laing

Steve Laing, Director of the Career Development Center:  Steve is the Director of the Career Development Center at The Evergreen State College. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. Steve began his career in journalism and held positions as a writer/editor for various outdoor and trade magazines, as a promotional writer for a daily newspaper, and as a sales representative for a national sporting journal. In 1993, Steve created and began publishing an award-winning career exploration magazine for Northwest teens and young adults. In 1996, he was honored as Mentor of the Year by the University of Oregon Career Center. In 1999, Steve accepted a position at intoCareers, a research unit at the University of Oregon where he worked for nearly seven years as its national Career Information System (CIS) marketing manager, and as the manager of Alaska CIS. Motivated by his visits to Alaska, Steve moved to Juneau and spent nearly five years as the career services director/specialist at the University of Alaska Southeast before relocating to the Seattle-area in 2010. Steve then spent two years in a grant-funded position at Green River Community College building a job search training and resource center, and two months as a career services consultant at Highline Community College. He began his work at Evergreen on March 1, 2013.

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