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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 classroom to the board room.

First Impressions

Click here to Apply for the 2016-17 First Impressions Program!

Click here to download the pledge form to submit with your application.

See below for the 2016-17 First Impressions events.

Date Time Event Location
October 18, 2016 6 to 8 p.m. Successfully Speaking: Achieving Excellence in Communication  Doyle Formal
October 25, 2016 3 to 5 p.m. Internship Fair (hosted by the Career Center) Doyle Formal
November 7, 2016 6 to 8 p.m. Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Doyle Formal
February 9, 2017   6 to 8 p.m. Interview Preparation Workshop  Doyle Formal
By February 22, 2017   Resume Review  Career Center
By February 22, 2017   Meyers-Briggs Assessment Career Center
February 24, 2017 6 to 8 p.m. Career Fair (hosted by the Career Center)

Doyle Formal

February - March 2017   Practice Interviews with NDM Alums  
March TBD, 2017   Dress for Success Fashion Show TBD
March - April 15, 2017   Professional attire appts. with personal shopper  TBD
April 10, 2017 6 to 8 p.m. 5 Under 25 Panel  Doyle Formal
May 2, 2017 6 to 8 p.m. Etiquette Dinner/Graduation Celebration Doyle Formal

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:

  • Successfully Speaking: Achieving excellence in communication 
  • 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 a local department with a personal shopper
  • Networking and graduation reception

Sophomores, 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