Join A Different Herd – Job Seeker Event

Job seekers and career changes benefit from
joining the HERD 

Hundreds flock to Normandale Community College to connect with local resources to drive their career forward 

Over 400 job seekers, dislocated workers or those interested in redirecting their careers attended a free daylong series of workshops and breakout sessions at Normandale on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

I am a 50 something man, undereducated and underemployed. This event was motivational and practical. Dr. Laura’s leading of ‘Back to School for Grownups’, the helpful advice of Normandale staff and the leading (or prodding) of a dear friend have conspired to get me back to school for my degree. If you are in career crisis for whatever reason and this type event is available to you, GO. I view seminars with a critical eye and must say that this one was top notch. – Event Participant, 2010

This is the second in a series of HERD events at the college, developed to respond to the growing need for both professional and personal resources for job seekers. The HERD event is offered in collaboration with the Hennepin South WorkForce Center, Department of Employment and Economic Development and Positively Minnesota.

Keynote talk encouraged pursuit of dreams, lifelong education 

Following opening comments by Sam Neff, host and producer of Job TalkAmerica, keynote presenter, entrepreneur and career visionary Catherine Byers Breet inspired the crowd to pursue their dream of “doing what you love for a living”. Breet also noted that the average American changes jobs every 2.4 years, so lifelong learning and career transition education are “no longer a luxury, they are a must”.

Normandale’s “Herd Events” have been very successful in assisting community members with career planning and job searches. The division of Continuing Education and Customized Training develops these events as a response to the Normandale Mission and Strategic Plan “to contribute to community and workforce development by assessing needs regularly and developing timely programs and services.” The challenging economy has made programming such as the “Herd Event” more important than ever, and Normandale is pleased to provide instructional experiences that serve our community well. – Julie Guelich, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Normandale Community College


Session highlights 

Morning breakout sessions provided hands-on resources and practical tips focusing on three industry areas: government, administrative professionals and self-managed careers (including entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship).

Afternoon sessions took a more personal direction, providing participants with creative options to help them deal with potential barriers they may have in the job transition mode. Interactive sessions capped off a resourceful day. Topics ranged from how to deal with job anxiety, Nordic networking, health insurance and 401(k) options, to “back to school for grownups”.

The HERD event included a professional development and resource fair to guide participants to additional resources in their workforce journey.