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Professional Development Planning Seminar - Fall 2019

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Van Metre Hall Room 602

3351 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22201

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Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 Professional Development Planning (PDP) Seminar. This optional, non-credit program will assist you in your preparations for your graduate experience with the Schar School and beyond.

For new students, this planning seminar is an opportunity to connect to academic and career resources within Schar while identifying personal strengths. Participants will develop a plan for success that aligns with their time at Mason. All are welcome, but full-time students and students who have recently completed undergraduate study are strongly encouraged to register.

The PDP Seminar will take place on three consecutive Thursdays in September:

Session I: September 5th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Students will meet their fellow Schar classmates, review objectives, discuss expectations for participation in the seminar, and will take the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment.

Session II: September 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Students will process the results of the StrengthsFinder Assessment in relation to group dynamics and leadership. Additionally, students will begin to develop an executable plan for their Schar experience utilizing what they have learned.

Session III: September 19th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
In week three, students will focus on applying your Strengths to various life skills important to graduate school success. Topics covered will include short term goal setting, money management, work-life-school balance and developing resiliency.

Session IV: September 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The PDP seminar concludes with an introduction to skills necessary for future academic and professional success. Students will apply their strengths to networking and communication skills key to achieving their goals. This session will include a brief networking event with Schar School faculty, staff and alumni.

Enrollment in the seminar is limited to 30 students. By registering, participants agree to attend all four sessions.

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