By Emily Chesbrough '12Staff Writer
This past week, Career Planning & Resources held its tenth annual “Life After Scripps” conference. Featuring seminars led by employers, former students, and recruiters, LAS once again proved to be an indispensible introduction to opportunities available to students after they leave Scripps College. Discussing every aspect of the world beyond college, from finances and grad school to gap years and international job searches, LAS covered just about every option possible for students. As Director of CP&R Vicki Klopsch noted, “When we brag about the extraordinary things our graduates do, it’s because you continue to amaze us with your accomplishments. Exploration through of the Life After Scripps conference is key. I encourage you to embrace your future; no matter how unknown it may be for you.”
Among the events that occurred were “Beyond Ramen Noodles,” a seminar on financial planning (so students can plan their budget to eat food other than Ramen Noodles), an employer panel featuring representatives from the LA Opera and Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts U.S., International and National Job & Internship Search workshops, Speed Networking Dinner joining 15 professionals with 45 students, and the Keynote Address by Scripps graduate Yvette Herrera, Class of 1985, a well-known philanthropist and winner of the Scripps College Outstanding Recent Alumna award. Students attending at least three of these events won free frozen yogurt from Yogurtland. Those who went to five or more events were entered into a drawing to win gift certificates to the Huntley Bookstore, movie tickets, or a chance at the grand prize: a free Motley drink each week for the rest of the academic year. The events, naturally, were very well attended, given both the importance of content and the substantial prize offerings.
Students were very receptive to LAS. As Jesse Klekamp (’12) explained, “One of my friends emailed the Disney representative, and he emailed her back within an hour to set up an informal interview. She was ecstatic!” Seniors felt encouraged about their theses and life after Scripps after seeing the keynote, and several underclasswomen discovered networking tips to land internships. Overall, Scripps students were reminded that they have always been and remain excellent candidates for the job market, recession or no recession, and life after Scripps is sure to be just as rewarding for Scripps graduates as their years on campus.