Jobs PLUS will travel to DeKalb High School on Thursday, March 29, for the 2018 Community Expo hosted by the DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers of Commerce. The Jobs PLUS event, “The Lost Art of Good Networking: The Importance of Active Listening,” will provide students with the opportunity to practice their active listening skills in a networking setting while learning about local businesses and community organizations.
The Jobs PLUS event is split into two parts. Part one will feature an online component students will complete ahead of time. Part two of the event will occur at DeKalb High School during the Community Expo and will allow students to interact with community partners using the knowledge they learned from the online component.
The content for the online component was created by Melissa Fickling, assistant professor in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education with assistance from Lori Korth and Fahad Alenezi, graduate assistants for Jobs PLUS.
This is the second consecutive year a Jobs PLUS event has been integrated with the Community Expo. Director of Jobs PLUS Chad Glover and DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Duffy began brainstorming on ideas shortly after the Community Expo last year.
“This in an effort to take two things we think are valuable for our students, active listening and learning more about the DeKalb and Sycamore communities, and integrate them into one event,” said Glover. “I really want to thank Melissa for stepping forward to design the content and Fahad and Lori for their important contributions. I also want to thank Matt for his continued support in our efforts to bring our program into the local community in a variety of ways.”
Online registration is required for Jobs PLUS events and students are encouraged to sign up early. This event has five one-hour time slots to choose from, starting at 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Students can provide their own transportation to DeKalb High School that day or ride a shuttle that will be departing from the Holmes Student Center.
Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student’s employer is a Jobs PLUS partner, the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission from their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working.
The public portion of the Community Expo from 4 – 7 p.m. is open to all NIU faculty, staff and students to attend. Several NIU departments will be on hand at the event.