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Adulting After College

We are happy to host a series of conversations around topics pertinent to JMU students as they prepare to transition away from the University. We hope that these talks will help promote a successful transition for our students as they embark on new journeys. Our goal is to answer questions so that you feel better prepared to take the next steps toward achieving certain life goals after college. While these conversations target graduating seniors and recent graduates, they are open to all students with a desire to learn.

We are excited to offer these chats in-person and via Zoom for Spring 2022. Have questions or a suggestion for topics we cover in future conversations, please email ocl@jmu.edu.

Spring 2022 Seminars:

Our series has concluded for this semester, but check back here soon for videos of most of our sessions! 

 

Topic: Money Matters for Graduating Students

Presenter: Brad Barnett, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: The Union, Room 306 (Taylor Hall)

Virtual Link: Click Here to Join

Money matters for students who are getting ready to graduate or are thinking about their future beyond college. Brad Barnett, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, is here for students to have the opportunity to ask any financial questions they have before graduation so he can help point them in the right direction. This is an open forum about personal finances with a specific focus on what you need to know moving into the start of your professional life. Pizza will be provided for this conversation. FREE PIZZA at this event.

 

Topic: A Humorous Approach to Financial Freedom

Presenter: Colin Ryan

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM

Location: Grafton-Stovall Theater

In-Person Event Only

Your ability to manage your money directly affects your ability to have the life you want. No one knows this better than Colin Ryan, who went from broke with bad credit, living on PB&J sandwiches to owning his house outright, investing with confidence, and becoming a very proud dog dad. He has spent the last decade speaking at colleges across the country bringing this important subject to life using funny stories, practical tips, and lots of interaction. You will learn the skills and secrets to be debt-smart, build credit, break bad spending habits, and use money to build the life you want most.

 

Topic: How to Destroy Distraction and Anxiety and Wildly Succeed at Work and in Life

Presenter: Pete Hardesty

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Location: Grafton-Stovall Theater

Virtual Link: Click Here to Join

Pete, co-author of the two Amazon #1 bestsellers ADULTING 101 Book 1 and 2, will share his own journey with anxiety and distraction as you nervously laugh together. He will also describe some unexpected proven strategies from top mental health professionals that can help you reduce anxiety, focus deeply, and succeed when you graduate. 

 

Topic: Communicating Your Professional Brand

Presenter: Lindsey Scott, University Career Center

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: The Union, Room 306 (Taylor Hall)

Virtual Link: Click Here to Join

Whether or not we realize it, we all have a professional brand. It lives in a variety of spaces: on social medial, in emails, and even in conversation. Come learn how to identify your brand, ways to intentionally craft and communicate it, and its impact on your job search process. FREE PIZZA at this event.

  1. Communicate their professional brand within their professional networks.
  2. Identify ways to utilize channels of communication to effectively relay their brand.
  3. Understand the impact of their professional brand and communication on evaluating job offers and navigating salary negotiation conversations.

 

Topic: Making Career Transitions

Presenter: Lindsey Scott, University Career Center

Date/Time: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: The Union, Room 404 (Taylor Hall)

Virtual Link: Click Here to Join

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that individuals are now holding an average of 12.4 jobs between the ages of 18 and 54. Surprised? Likely, you’ll one day find yourself in a job or career transition. It’s important to recognize when a change may be needed for your growth and how to go about these transitions professionally. Join the University Career Center in a conversation about career transitions and keeping “bridges” intact. FREE PIZZA at this event.

  1. Recognize how individual priorities, values, and needs influence when a position, job, or career change may be necessary.
  2. Identify steps in pursuing a job or career change.
  3. Demonstrate belief in the importance of keeping professional relationships intact.

 

Topic: Make It Count - Understanding Real Estate Markets and Home Ownership

Presenter: Luke Smith

Date/Time: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: On Zoom 

Virtual Link: Click Here to Join

Local real estate broker, Luke Smith, shares motivating, actionable, and practical thoughts on real estate and homeownership he wishes had been shared with him as he was graduating from JMU 11 years ago.

 

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Seminars:

 

Topic: Budgeting and Debt Repayment (with a focus on student loans)

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Presenter: Brad Barnett

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch! 

Have questions about setting up a realistic budget? Want to develop a strategy to pay off your student loans? Know how much you should be saving? This talk is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Topic: Real Estate and Home Ownership

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Presenter: Scott Rogers

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch!

Is now the right time to buy for you? What is the difference in a buyers or sellers market? Where do you start researching the housing market? Come get some answers!

 

 

 

 

 

Topic: First Year as a Professional

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Presenter: MaryGrace Johnson

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch!

What I wish I would have known going into my first job out of college! Join this seminar to hear a few of the vital tips no one tells you before you navigate the “real world.” Here is a Career Guide and JMU Career Outcomes site to check out pre-presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Topic: Finance 101

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Presenter: Trevor Mann

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch!

Come hear strategies and tips from a recent JMU alumni! Topics include: good debt vs. bad debt and strategies for paydown strategies, maximizing employer benefits (knowing what to expect before you sign), the advantage of saving and investing early ‑ the time value of money, and general personal finance 101.

 

 

 

 

Topic: Adulting 101: Self-Awareness 

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Presenter: Pete Hardesty

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch!

Come listen to and chat with Pete Hardesty, author of two Adulting 101 books, as he imparts wisdom for life around the topic of self-awareness ‑ how to increase it and leverage it in the workplace and relationships.

 

 

 

 

Topic: Stocks, Investing, and Retirement Planning

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Presenter: Brad Barnett

When: Video of session available below

Video: Click here to watch!

When should I start to worry about retirement planning? What’s the difference between a mutual fund and an IRA? We’ve got some answers!

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