UBC Arts Co-op Program

Illuminate Conference #2

Polishing Your Presence: Succeeding in Co-op and Beyond

Henry Angus

The second step of the Illuminate experience is a full-day conference – Polishing Your Presence. Complementing November’s Light up Your Brand, where you learned how to build the professional you, Polishing Your Presence will teach you how to market yourself and succeed in co-op and beyond.

You will learn strategies for interview success from our experts, and then engage with employers in both a panel discussion and smaller break-out sessions to find out how to ace your interviews. To top it off, you’ll also hear from a leading professional etiquette trainer on how to succeed in the workplace. The professional skills you will gain at Polishing Your Presence will serve you throughout your co-op education and beyond.

Agenda for January 14, 2017 Conference

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Activity
9:10 am Top 5 Tips for Success in Co-op Presentation
9:30 am Advice for the Young Professional: Expect the Unexpected: Professor Ono
10:05 am Power Connecting: Carey McBeth
10:50 am Break
11:05 am Employer Panel – Interviewing for Success
12:00 pm Announcements
12:15 pm Lunch Break
12:45 pm Networking Lunch with Co-op Employers & Alumni / concurrent sessions
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Networking Lunch with Co-op Employers & Alumni / concurrent sessions
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Interview Clinics
4:15 pm Wrap Up

Power Connecting: Carey McBeth – Corporate Lifestyle Expert

Carey McBeth is a corporate lifestyle expert. For the past 10 years, Carey has worked with corporations, associations, and entrepreneurs on the art of building client relationships. Carey is professionally trained in broadcast and media communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington® DC with a CPC in business etiquette and international protocol. Carey is also the lifestyle expert for Global News and has been featured in a multitude of national and international publications. We are fortunate to have Carey speaking to our students during the second Illuminate conference.

POWER CONNECTING: Secrets to Engage, Impact & Inspire

In today’s highly competitive business world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, feel in control and create more career opportunities than the average. The majority of business professionals cringe at the very thought of attending a networking event; however one must know how to adapt to a variety of situations and personalities to achieve a true business connection. Power Connecting will provide you with the tools to get up and mingling with confidence and know-how to start conversations and build lasting business relationships.

Participants will learn:
› How to build a personal brand that attracts people to you;
› The elements of an effective introduction;
› Conversation that captures;
› How to establish rapport in 7 seconds;
› How to build and solidify enduring business relationships

Employer and Alumni Profiles

Click here to see which employers and alumni will be attending the conference. You can use this list to plan out who you want to connect with during the networking lunch.


Click on the image above to see a map of the networking lunch space (PDF).

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