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Beyond DePaul: Networking after Graduation February 16, 2012

How many times have you heard the phrase, “It’s a tough time to be a college graduate” in the past few years? Or how about: The economy is in the toilet. The job market is competitive. Salaries are dismal. Benefits… what benefits? These messages get beaten down our throats day after day! With loan payments, rent, car insurance, and all the other expenses that come with growing up, finding a job quickly after graduation is an absolute must.

So, UCWbLing readers, I have a couple of questions for you. What steps are you taking to prepare yourself for a competitive job market? How can you make yourself stand out amongst hundreds of other applicants?

If these questions put a knot in your stomach, don’t sweat it. The Faculty Development and Resource Team would like to help put you at ease. We are hosting a workshop entitled, “Beyond DePaul: Networking after Graduation,” in which we will discuss topics such as resume writing, cover letters, and online networking using LinkedIn. Additionally, we will discuss how you can best represent your own unique character in these mediums.

We welcome you to join us for “Beyond DePaul: Networking after Graduation” on March 2, 2012 in the Arts & Letters Hall, room 109 from 12:30-2:30pm. Hope to see you all there!


How Many American Dialects Could There Possibly Be? (We’ll Tell You.) October 26, 2011

*Co-written with Elliot Crumpley.

The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) held a workshop on October 3 focusing on American dialects. To this you might ask yourself… “Really? American dialects?”  The answer is, of course.

The average native speaker of American English is aware of dialects in a general way – we know that someone from Louisiana sounds a lot different than someone from South Dakota.  These differences are sometimes a source of amusement but not really a hindrance for native speakers.  Native speakers develop a general sense of how people sound and what to expect in the language of different regions.  For a non-native speaker of American English however, the varied and sometimes conflicting linguistic identities that exist in the United States can be a source of confusion. (more…)