by Mohamed Sesay, Mills College
As a relatively new professional in the field of career services, attending professional development opportunities such as conferences provide invaluable exposure to the different aspect of our field. I was able to engage in meaningful learning and networking with peers within career services and HR/recruiting attending the 2018 EACE conference as the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipient! Being able to learn, brainstorm, debate, bond, and even vent about the work we do was truly a great opportunity, and I would not have had this fabulous experience without the support of EACE!
A personal goal of mine for this conference was to branch out and learn more about the HR/recruiter perspective. As the majority of my role is consulting students, having a stronger understanding of the experience people who are on the hiring side will help me engage and educate students on what employers are looking for in talent. Attending the Confessions of Recruiters: an Interactive Panel was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from a diverse range of panelist who hire our students, and they provided invaluable information regarding best practices for their unique organizations. Additionally, engaging with the panelist and learning from the attendees in the room allowed me to understand how other employers and career services staff were managing recruitment in their own setting.
Attending the It’s the Law: Trending Issues Impacting Students and University Recruitment session was an additional highlight of the EACE conference because it allowed me to understand how current legislation impact student hiring, and how best to serve students regarding any situations that have legal implications. From reviewing the American Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IX, and a few risk management strategies regarding crafting your own in-house policy, I took away a wealth of knowledge that I will continue to draw on in my career going forward.
On a bittersweet note, bonding and spend time with my amazing Binghamton colleagues before moving across the country to start a new role was another highlight of the conference. Being able to Dine for a Cause/Charity, attend the Entertainment Night, and share our thoughts from the different sessions we attended was a great way to spend time together.
Attending EACE conference this year was a great professional opportunity, and I was able to walk away with new ideas that will benefit students going forward. Additionally, I am excited to be joining the Grants and Scholarships Committee this upcoming year to select the future recipients of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for the 2019 conference in Hartford, CT. I know the future receipts will have just of an amazing time too!
Mohamed Sesay is the Assistant Director of Advising, Career, and Global Learning of Mills College. He previously worked as a Career Consultant at Binghamton University.