Campus Philly Conversations

These are unprecedented times, and now, more than ever, obtaining practical and tangible career advice has never been more important.

That’s why we created Campus Philly Conversations—better known as your opportunity to connect with employers. Not just “connect” as in “walk by their table at a career event,” or “send a LinkedIn request without a note” (we’ve got a lot of advice around that!), but to have actual conversations with young professionals and recruiters who have career advice to share with college students and recent graduates just like you.

They’re super short.The virtual events are just 40 minutes!

They’re packed with advice. Over the course of the summer, professionals from every industry will talk about, well, everything: how to land a job in the tech industry, networking in the middle of a pandemic, things every recruiter wishes applicants knew, how to stay sharp this summer and add to your resume (even without an internship!), and so much more.

They’re interactive. BYO questions, because during our Campus Philly Conversations, you will be able to ask the speaker your questions in the chat box, in a breakout room, or in the Q&A.

JOIN US! Below is our schedule of Campus Philly Conversations. Follow us on Instagram for event updates and additional information about how you can connect with guests!

VIEW PAST EVENTS

JUST ANNOUNCED: SEASON TWO LINEUP!

The season two lineup for Campus Philly Conversations is HERE… and it’s a good one. Click the buttons below to sign up!

July 15: How to Network (Even During a Pandemic!)

with Jen Devor, Civic Impact Manager at The Economy League
 
*ON INSTAGRAM LIVE!* Join us at 3 p.m. on July 15 on IG Live with Jen Devor as we talk all things networking… yes, this is something you should be doing, even during a pandemic! Now, more than ever, growing your network and making connections is so important, and Jen will share tangible tips, valuable insights, and advice on how YOU can start networking, from anywhere!

Sign up for the July 15 event!

July 22: Five Things Every Recruiter Wishes Applicants Knew

with Celina McCabe, Campus Recruitment Programs Manager at Dorman Products, Inc.


*ON ZOOM!* Join us at 3 p.m. on July 22 on Zoom (sign up for link) for a special conversation with Celina McCabe, as we get all the secrets from a recruiter’s perspective on what job seekers should be doing when they apply to a job or internship opportunity. Celina has worked in talent placement for more than 20 years… so you know she has some good tips to share! She currently contributes her talents to Dorman Products, Inc., a major distributor of automotive parts and accessories. 

Sign up for the July 22 event!

July 29: Podcasting 101

with Kevin Chemidlin, Creator and Host of the Philly Who? Podcast

*ON INSTAGRAM LIVE! In 2018, while working as an insurance software developer, Kevin Chemidlin launched the Philly Who? podcast telling the story of the doers, thinkers, and performers in Philadelphia. Now, he’s producing podcasts full time, and helping other podcasters to do the same. Join us for a special conversation on Instagram on Podcasting 101 with Kevin and learn more about his story, his podcast, and his recently-launched podcast accelerator program.

Sign up for the July 29 event!

August 5: Building a Business—Entrepreneurship 101

with Charisse McGill, Founder of Lokal Artisan Foods and Creator of French Toast Bites


*ON INSTAGRAM LIVE!*
 
In November 2018, Charisse McGill resigned from her day job and two days later, opened her French Toast Bites stand in the middle of Philadelphia. In the first 45 days, she grossed 3/4 of her former annual salary, and since then, has opened up two retail locations, brought a product to market, and has participated in more than 180 events all over the region. On August 5 at 3 p.m., Charisse will tell her story on how she built her business and pursued her passion for entrepreneurship… and how you can do the same.

Sign up for the August 5 event!

August 12: On the Front Lines—Careers in Nursing

with Mickey Mullin, Senior Manager Talent Acquisition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


*ON ZOOM!*
Every day throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen just how essential nurses and healthcare works are to our world, and every day, we’ve seen these heroes in action saving lives affected by COVID-19. There’s never been a better time to consider a career in nursing, and on August 12, we’re chatting with Mickey Mullin, who has worked in nursing for more than 30 years, and who now works in Talent Acquisition at CHOP, helping future nurses discover their best fit at one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.

Sign up for the August 12 event!

August 19: Careers for Math Lovers—Panel Discussion

*ON ZOOM!* Join us on Zoom for a special Campus Philly Conversation panel discussion with three young professionals who turned their passion (and expertise) for math into a career. We’ll be chatting with:

Sign up for the August 19 event!

August 26: Corporate Careers for Creative People

with Marvin Mack, Video Producer and Podcast Host of Good Ass Job


*ON ZOOM!*
On August 26 at 3 p.m., join us for the season two finale of Campus Philly Conversations as we talk with innovative video producer Marvin Mack, who turned his creative passion into a career, and now shares how others are doing the same in his podcast Good Ass Job. Marvin has more than 10 years experience in digital media and branded content creation, working for companies including Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Group 9, and The Fader.

Sign up for the August 26 event!

Past Events

Why Philly Is the Best City to Launch Your Career

We say it all the time: Philly is the best city to be a young professional and launch your career. We love learning about “Campus Philly success stories” – students that went to college in the Philadelphia region, and stayed here after graduating, falling in love with the city as a spot to grow professionally.

On Wednesday, June 24, we hosted a special Instagram Live event with three young professionals with different “Philly stories” to share… and they’ve all, at some point in their career, been a part of the Campus Philly team!

Check out the full conversation with:

  • Debora Charmelus, Events and Marketing Specialist
  • Cory Dulaney, Support Coach – Center for Male Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia
  • Ella Strauss, Coordinator for Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Watch the IG Live Event!

Careers in the Sports Betting Industry with Kambi

Kambi is the leading provider of premium sports betting and technology services, with eight offices across the globe—including their Philadelphia location in The Wanamaker Building.

On June 17, we talked with Kambi’s Rebecca Keane, Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Ben Porter, Sports Trader and learned all about the innovative sports betting industry, along with Kambi’s amazing perks (office ping-pong, anyone?) and more! 

Careers in Coding

Knowing the fundamentals of coding opens up the door to the many different career paths in the tech industry. But where do you start?

On June 10, we hosted a special panel discussion centered on launching a career in coding – how to teach yourself to code, the resources available to you RIGHT NOW, and how our two panelists got to where they are today, and what they love the most about their jobs. We chatted with:

Shaun Baer, a Philadelphia based full-stack developer at Bluecadet, where he champions inclusive design practices and spearheads accessible web standards.
Phoebe Quincy, a Colorado-based technical community builder at Elastic who focuses on relationship-building and growing communities in the computer software industry.

Voices of Eastern State Penitentiary: PR & Marketing Specialist Jaime Martorana

Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, today Eastern State Penitentiary stands in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. On Wednesday, May 27 we chatted with Eastern State Penitentiary’s Public Relations and Marketing Specialist all about her career in PR at Philly’s coolest, and creepiest, location.

Ask Me Anything with Talent Acquisition Associate Marvin Johnson

On Wednesday, May 20 we asked Marvin Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Pennoni, everything we wanted to know about what it’s like to be on the other side of the interview table. We talked about how to stand out among the other applicants, how to write a cover letter, and the ways that YOU can grow your network, from anywhere, at any time.

Getting Creative - How to Turn your Creativity into a Career

On Wednesday, May 13, we had a jam-packed-with-information discussion with Dave Silver, Founder and CEO of REC Philly, the hub for Philly’s creative creativity. Dave shared some incredible advice about starting a business and the lessons he’s learned along the way, turning creative passions into a career, and how college students can get involved in the creative community today.

Turning a Passion for Food into a Delicious Side Hustle

On Wednesday, May 6, we chatted with three college student foodies – Danielle from @full_on_philly, and Liz & Syama from @allwedoiseatt – about how they’ve turned their passions for Philly’s food scene into a powerful side hustle. They shared some great tips on how to kickstart your own IG foodie account (or any IG brand!), enjoy complimentary tasting menus, and experience the best of Philly’s food scene

What Happens when You Don't Find your Dream Job (or Any Job) After Graduating?

On Wednesday, April 29, we hung out with Patrick Best, Vice President and Manager of Talent Acquisition at WSFS Bank, to chat about all things non-linear career paths.

Patrick shared his non-traditional career story and the experience he gained along the way, and we shared many career resources for college students and recent graduates, including advice on CampusPhilly.org/blog, job boards to check out, and information about our upcoming virtual events.

Adjusting to a Virtual Reality Amid COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 22, we hung out with Anna Papalia of Shift Profile (shiftprofile.com) and talked about how to nail the virtual interview, and chatted with college students about how their virtual semesters were going.