During the inaugural Beloit & Beyond conference, held on Beloit’s campus late last fall, more than 70 students gave presentations about their internships, job shadowing, volunteering, off-campus study, and other forms of engagement in the Stateline area and around the world.
The day-long conference is one of three signature programs, including a January Career Accelerator and an April Student Symposium, which helps to prepare students for success after graduation.
At Beloit & Beyond, students spend the day attending sessions in which they learn from and become inspired by peers who give presentations about their passions, research, and job experiences.
The day’s 8:30 a.m. start time didn’t stop students from flocking to sessions with topics ranging from researching the role of social media in the Black Lives Matter
movement, to investigating tuberculosis in archaeological remains, to interviewing teachers who incorporate music into their pandemic classrooms.
Other students hosted roundtables to talk about applying to medical school, or they gave solo presentations about completing internships at the Milwaukee VA or taking a summer course in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.
Throughout the day, faculty and staff hosted sessions about extracurricular opportunities available to students.
A study-abroad fair boasted more than 90 attendees. An “escape room” guided students through the college’s Career Works office throughout the day to talk to two Executives in Residence about applying for jobs.
After presentations ended for the day, students attended an open house for Career Channels, a program that helps them identify and direct their passions into job possibilities. A well-attended Local to Global Career Networking Fair, which capped the evening, featured representatives from local companies, small nonprofits, and everything in between.
The day was all about learning outside of the classroom — a Beloit specialty.