RDC to host ‘Backpacks to Briefcases’

  • Oct. 11, 2016 3:30 p.m.

Red Deer College students will once again have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of career-relevant information from industry experts at Backpacks to Briefcases, which will take place on Oct. 13th.

This professional development conference provides students with valuable, real-world information that will help them to transition from the classroom to the workplace.

“Each year, Backpacks to Briefcases offers students tremendous learning opportunities in a conference setting, and that in itself is very valuable,” says Darcy Mykytyshyn, dean, Donald School of Business. “The structure of the event mirrors the types of conferences that students may attend in their future careers, and the depth and breadth of topics covered provides a wealth of professional information.”

Backpacks to Briefcases will include presentations from RDC alumni, as well as local and provincial professionals who will share their expertise about a wide variety of topics.

The 2016 keynote speaker is Sheila Musgrove, an RDC alumna, Calgary-based business leader and best-selling author who is recognized as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs. Musgrove started her company, TAG Recruitment Group, in 2005 and has since developed it from a small start-up to a multi-million dollar organization.

In her presentation on mentors, Musgrove will share with students how mentors have helped to shape her career, and she will provide useful information on the unexpected sources of mentors that can help employees in amazing ways.

Additional sessions will be presented by individuals and panels of professionals and will include topics ranging from entrepreneurship to volunteerism, getting hired to creating positive change. “This conference is open to all RDC students, and it provides an opportunity for them to select the sessions that really resonate with their career and personal goals,” says Mykytyshyn.

Complete details on Backpacks to Briefcases, including presenters and session information, is available on RDC’s web site. Backpacks to Briefcases will take place on Oct. 13th at the Donald School of Business, located in the Millennium Centre at #503, 4909 49 St. and at the Welikoklad Event Centre, located at #4922 49th St.

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