WCC & HBSCC North Shore Breakfast - Adulting Made Easy(er); Navigating from Campus to Career

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:00am— 8:30am
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Max & Benny's
461 Waukegan Rd
Brookside Shopping Center
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Please join Wharton Club of Chicago and Harvard Business Club of Chicago for the March 12th North Shore Breakfast as we welcome Gerry O'Connor, Co-author of Adulting Made Easy(er).

The path from high school or college campus to a fulfilling career is an adventure—but it can also be confusing, overwhelming, and often a bit scary. Written for Gen Y, Gen Z, and their parents, Adulting Made Easy(er) is intended to help readers enjoy the journey and make informed choices along the way.

The coauthors bring their considerable and varied experience to bear on a unique and comprehensive roadmap that includes:

  • Conducting healthy family dialogues about educational and career paths post-high school.
  • Identifying strengths and interests through self-assessments.
  • Assembling a team of mentors and peers as the foundation for a professional network.
  • Understanding online and offline resources for every aspect of the job search.
  • Demystifying personal branding, networking, interviewing, and salary negotiations.
  • Demonstrating your potential and value in the first 90 days on the job.
  • The interviews, stories, tools, and techniques shared in this book are sure to help you navigate and make the most of this exciting and pivotal stage of your life.

Book Highlights
The road to success for students and parents starts with the “talk” where you’ll engage in a healthy dialogue and walk through options for educational and career paths post-high school.
We show kids how to assemble a team of people they already know and then add connections to that group to build the foundation of a professional network.

Roles are clearly defined so that students, parents, mentors, teachers and career counselors can all work together more effectively. A number of tools are provided for job seeker, citing both online and offline resources that have been used and vetted by the authors. Every aspect of job search is presented.

Branding and selling techniques address how to put your best foot forward. We walk kids through the first 90 days in the life of a worker. You’ll get an insider look at what to expect. Millennial interviews are featured covering career options including: how to set up your own business, side hustles and gig work.

Adulting Made Easy(er); Navigating from Campus to Career

Who is the Book for?
High school students, college students and recent grads, parents, teachers, school counselors, HR professionals and career coaches.

About the Authors
NSIG Speaker on March 12th
Gerry O’Connor received a lot of help during his career, including guidance regarding educational choices, career research, and job opportunities. He’s now “giving back.” Over the past 20 years, he has provided career and job search guidance to members of his professional network and volunteered as a career counselor and board member of the Career and Networking Center. Gerry is a global finance executive and principal of a consulting business (brentwoodadvisory.com), focused on designing and implementing organization improvements. He is an active angel investor helping early-stage businesses raise funds for future expansion. Gerry lives with his spouse in Naples, FL.

Barbara Schultz is a career coach and principal of The Career Stager, where she assists individuals to identify a career path and execute a plan at any stage of their work life. She’s also a freelance writer, with published articles in Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Thrive Global (Arianna Huffington publication), and Executive Career Brand, covering topics from career advice to perspectives on intergenerational issues in the workplace. As a human resources executive, she’s held senior leadership roles in entrepreneurial settings.

Kimberly White is executive director of the Career & Networking Center (careernetworkingcenter.org), a non-profit organization providing career and job search resources to individuals in transition or seeking professional development advice. Kim is passionate about serving the needs of clients including millennials, more “seasoned” workers, and everyone in between.


DATE: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Pre-Pay REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at noon.
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
COST: Please prepay
Pre-paid $20.00
Walk-in tickets at the door: $30.00

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461 Waukegan Rd, Brookside Shopping Center, Northbrook, IL 60062, United States,
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