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First Impressions

Sharpen your professional skills and learn how to stand out in a crowd!

You have a first-rate education, extensive internship experience and a stellar resume. But do you know how to stand out in a crowd? First Impressions prepares students to successfully navigate the move from class room to the board room.

Check back in September 2014 to apply for the 2014–15 program!

A joint venture of the Business and Economics department, the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations, and the Career Center, First Impressions arms students with the soft skills that lead to career success. Over the course of six of workshops, they learn effective communications, networking and presentation skills that convey confidence and poise. Topics include:

  • Presentation skills: Broadcaster Gerry Sandusky on how to create your own brand
  • Looking the part: From college casual to professional dress
  • Support for developing an effective and  professional resume and cover letter
  • Business etiquette dinner with Notre Dame alumnae
  • Mock interviews with professional alums working in human relations
  • Trip to Macy's with a personal shopper
  • Networking and graduation reception

Juniors and seniors in the Women's College are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity.

In the beginning, you start out as a single student at a small university, and you are probably unsure of where you will end up. Notre Dame will help you pick a path, and the First Impressions program will show you how to become successful at that path. Both are needed, I think, to find your place in the bigger picture and to transition from a student at a small university to a working professional in a BIG world.

Marilyn ehm

Everyone has to transition at some point from broke college student to working professional. Thanks to First Impressions, for me this transition has been seamless. I love the fact that we are encouraged to start this transition while we are still in college and not to wait until post-graduation like graduates of other schools.

I learned so much about the real world through First Impressions. I learned how to perfect my resume so that it reflects the best me, not something that is cookie-cutter or generic. I learned how to prepare, dress, and succeed during the interview process. I learned about networking and the importance of maintaining a professional presence both on social media and in person. I'm so glad I decided to participate in the First Impressions program. I wish everybody did it—it should be required in order to graduate!

Marilyn Ehm '14