GOLD Adulting Virtual Event Series

Florida Tech graduates of the last decade (a.k.a GOLD) alumni are invited to participate in a Virtual Adulting Event Series this summer.

Did you recently graduate and are looking for tips on how to enter the workforce? Did you recently get your first job and are wondering what to do with the new money you're making to set you up for success in the future? Are you looking for tips on how to advance from your entry-level position into the next phase of your career?

If so, you need to join us for these FREE upcoming events! It's also a great opportunity to meet fellow Panthers going through similar situations.

Questions? Contact Jillian Leclerc: 


How to Get Your First Job... And Keep It! Work Success Strategies for the Recent Graduate

Date: June 16
Time: 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Location: Online (you will be sent the Zoom link when you register)
Admission: Free!

Starting your first "real" or professional job after college can be exciting, daunting, and scary all at the same time. This presentation will explore some of the common mistakes new (and especially, young) employees make and offer strategies for a successful entry into the workforce.

Led by career coach Paul Cecala, fellow Florida Tech graduate (Class of 1985), who has helped thousands of individuals start their careers, working both as a support for the "YoJo" (young jobseekers) Club and as Career Services Manager for several colleges and universities.

About Paul

Phot of Paul CecalaPaul Cecala is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, work search author, and founder of Cecala Career Consultants. Since 1999, he has assisted over 3,000 job seekers ranging from C-Suite executives to college students. Paul specializes in creating job search project plans and is recognized for his empathetic listening skills. He has been commended for networking skills, interview techniques, and resume writing. He has assisted people from a variety of backgrounds with expertise in DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), aviation, business leadership, project management, technology, pharma/biotech, and healthcare.

Paul has helmed the adult professional education programs for Fairleigh Dickenson University, the County College of Morris, and government workforce development at a One-Stop Career Center.

Prior to career coaching, he spent 15 years in corporate aviation working for FlightSafety International, K-C Aviation, Jet Aviation, and ending as Vice President of Aircraft Charter Sales for Atlantic Aviation. Paul has his B.S. in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Paul spent nine years as a member of the Florida Tech Alumni Association, including two years as President in the 1990s, and currently sits on the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. He lives in Morris County, New Jersey, with his husband and teenage son.



Summer Mixology Class

Date: June 30
Time: 7:00-8:15pm EDT
Location: Online (you will be sent the Zoom link when you register)
Admission: Free!

Talk Tales LogoBeing able to mix up delicious cocktails for friends after work is a GREAT skill to have in your back pocket. Join Shana Race from TalkTalkes Entertainment, a mixologist from Los Angeles, for this virtual mixology class. With a few tips and tricks, you won't BELIEVE the amazing drinks you can shake up at home.

You will be sent the ingredients list a week prior to the event and you can either buy just enough to make the cocktails for the class, or you can stock up and buy full-size quantities of everything so you'll be ready to whip up these cocktails for your friends throughout the summer.

On the Menu

  • Panther Juice - Tequila, lime juice, watermelon simple syrup, fresh mint
  • Summer Slam Smash - Tequila, lime wedges, watermelon simple syrup, triple sec, Tajin seasoning, fresh cucumber.
  • Melbourne Mule - Tequila, lime juice, watermelon simple syrup, mint, ginger beer



Managing Your Digital Footprint: Social Media Tips for New and Recent College Graduates

Date: August 3
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EDT
Location: Online (you will be sent the Zoom link when you register)
Admission: Free!

You spent your college years curating a fun collection of photos and content on social media, but what will employers think when they see your current profiles? Could it work to your advantage in getting a job, or could it decrease your chances of getting an interview or getting hired?

In this session, Florida Tech alumna Hannah Becker MBA (Class of 2015) will share her best advice on how to convert your online presence from "social" to "professional." Social media can be an excellent way for new and recent college graduates to connect with career opportunities and build a professional network; however, it can also create many challenges for professionals unaware of what's contained in their digital footprint. When managed effectively and responsibly, social media can be a great tool that helps you achieve your career goals!

About Hannah

Photo of Hannah BeckerHannah Becker is the Creative Director at Becker Digital, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that develops public relations and social media strategies for government and nonprofit organizations. Hannah’s innovative digital strategies lead the way in community relations, multi-generational communications, and social media initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership, and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology. She has multiple certifications in cybersecurity, public relations, and website design. Today, Hannah is an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Military Institute and Outreach Ambassador for the Military Officers Association of America.


Financial Planning for the Young Professional

Date: August 24
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EDT
Location: Online (you will be sent the Zoom link when you register)
Admission: Free!

Photo of Kyle BocciSo you got your first job and are finally making money... now what are you going to do with all of it? How much should you put in savings? Should you start investing? Should you throw everything at paying off your student loans? 

Fellow Florida Tech graduate Kyle Bocci, Class of 2014, will talk through the main things you should know to set yourself up for financial success and create a stable foundation for your future.

Register Here