You come to graduate school for academic studies, but you’re also looking for career experience and real-world connections. There are plenty of ways to get involved on-campus, but you can also venture out to find opportunities around the region. Check out these organizations and events here at UC and in the Cincinnati area that can give you a jump on your future career.
From Connections to Career
Women Conquer the Working World
Women Conquer the Working World is an event series presented by the Women’s Center here on campus. Each session will focus on different strategies to help you achieve your career goals. Students of all majors are welcome to attend, and there will be free food offered at every session!
Part 1, Using Your Voice, takes place on Monday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. in TUC 425. This session will empower students to challenge gender roles and stereotypes, both on the job hunt and in the workplace. Learn how to use your resume, interview strategies, elevator speech, and vibrant LinkedIn page as a way to successfully market your story and voice to future employers.
Part 2 of the series, $tart $mart, is happening on Wednesday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. in TUC 419.This workshop will provide women with key strategies, useful techniques, and the confidence to negotiate salary and benefit packages for future employment.
There will also be a special Graduate School $tart $mart session on Wednesday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. in TUC 425. All graduate students are encouraged to attend this session. Contact the Women’s Center for further information.
Harnessing Young Professional Energy (HYPE) is an initiative from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to establish support for young professionals in the area. Through HYPE, you’ll find events and networking opportunities to help connect you with peers and fellow community members.
Join HYPE Connections to gain access to monthly social events, volunteer opportunities, exclusive social gatherings, and a connections directory. The next four-month program cycle kicks off in March, with registration opening soon.
Cincy Chat is a lunch speaker series that gives young professionals access to the region’s top leaders. Attend a luncheon for the opportunity to make connections with area professionals, and get direct career and life device in an unplugged format.
HYPE keeps an event calendar updated with the latest networking and professional opportunities, so you can keep an eye on any upcoming events that may apply to your interests. Also check out their list of Cincinnati’s young professional organizations, covering every field from social to professional-based groups.
If you’re interested in both community service and networking, Give Back Cincinnati has the perfect mix of opportunities. Members can participate in volunteer opportunities as frequently as they’d like, with more than two dozen offered throughout the year.
Although Give Back Cincinnati is both the largest young professionals’ organization and the largest volunteer organization in Cincinnati, there are no dues or weekly meetings. All you need to do is show up to any volunteer event ready to make a positive impact on your community. Following each event, there is a social gathering (often grabbing a meal or a drink) where you can get to know the other young professionals in the group.
To date, Give Back Cincinnati has painted over 350 houses, hosted the region’s largest Thanksgiving meal, and traveled to Ghana, Romania, Peru and beyond. Check out the full calendar of events, and fill out the membership form to stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities.
This young professionals’ organization has some impressive stats: 6,000 members from over 50 companies and non-profits. Representatives from several of Cincinnati’s largest corporations: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Fifth Third, GE, Kroger, Macy’s, New Hire Social, PNC and TriHealth. Partners with influential organizations: 4EG, the United Way and CSO Encore.
This all may sound very serious, but a big part of joining CincyYP is to have fun while you create meaningful connections. Events can be purely social, based on networking, or focused on fundraising for local non-profits. Many members aren’t native Cincinnatians, so CincyYP events often help you discover everything the region has to offer.
Monthly meetings are held as part of the Professional Connection Series to share best practices and resources. Signature events are also held on a rotating basis. Like CincyYP on Facebook or sign up for the eNewsletter to hear about future events.
Do you have a great idea that could improve our city? Fuel Cincinnati wants to help you pull it off. The most promising non-profit local initiatives are chosen by a committee of fellow young professionals, and the projects are granted funding, support and connections to bring them to life.
Fuel Cincinnati looks for innovative ideas developed by young professionals (ages 18 to 40) in the areas of education, community building, environment, and diversity. To date, over 45 ideas have received more than $40,000, and yours could be next! Get the creative juices flowing by checking out past projects, and once you’ve got your own idea nailed down, you can submit an application online.
Written by Dakota Wright, Graduate Assistant to the Graduate School Office