College to Career


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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”. Confucius
If you are a senior and are about to go into the real world, going to this event will be another step towards ‘adulting’.  The event is open to all students and it will cover topics ranging from financial planning to new hire advice. We strongly encourage you to come.
During the event there will be range of speakers who will be covering different topics. The topics will include financial competency, employee benefits, managing personal finances, and new-hire advice.  The panelists will be Stephanie Forest, Lori Mulder, Luke Panning and Samuel Tzou.

If you are a student who has received a loan as financial aid, this will be a very informative and helpful event to come to. Stephanie Forest from the Financial Aid Office at Hope College will be covering all the loans that are available to students. She will talk about what you need to know about the type of loan you may have, questions like “What is the grace period?” or “What happens when you can’t pay?” will be covered during this time. You will also hear her talk about graduation.

 Luke Panning a Financial Advisor from Edward Jones. If you are anything like me and cannot budget or save, then this part of the event will be crucial to you. He will talk about personal finances, covering topics such as budgeting, being prepared for emergencies and paying back student loans which will beneficial to a lot of students. This is one of those things that you need to try and strive to be good at and diligent about.

After graduation a lot of students take different paths. Some of you may be taking a gap year to travel, going to grad school and some of you will be looking for your first or already have that lined up. Lori Mulder from Human Resources at Hope College, will be covering the value of employee benefits. If you see yourself being employed in your future, this is beneficial to come to because we all know how important health insurance is. You will leave with a better understanding of the types of Health Insurance benefits that are available out there and the benefits you can also receive after you are retired.

Samuel Tzo is a recent Hope Grad and is the CEO of Ring Cam. He will be giving advice on networking which is very important to do, and could be one way to get your foot into the door of a company. He will also be giving advice on being a new hire and ways to increase your success. Touching on how you can find housing, because your new job may not be anywhere near any family or friends.

Come to College to Career on April 19th, 2017. The event will be held at Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We encourage you to come and hope you benefit from this event.

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