Workshops and Special Programs


Our workshop schedule for Fall 2020 is still TBD.  Many likely will be offered via Zoom due to COVID-19.  Select the session you would like to attend, and contact Career Services, 375-2303 or, to reserve your space. For Zoom sessions, pre-registration is required, so that the event link can be provided.  For in-person sessions, although prior registration is preferred, unless noted, walk-ins are always welcome. Students should always feel welcome to bring food if workshops are scheduled at meal times.

Please pre-register through Career Services at least one day prior to the scheduled session date, so we can provide you with the Zoom meeting link and basic instructions.  Call 540-375-2303, or email

Most of the topics previously covered by Career Services through workshops are now presented through targeted group and class presentations. All of these topics are also available in short instructional videos at this link: We are happy to present topics to groups or classes upon request. Contact Career Services.



Roanoke College Career Nights

What are Career Nights, and Why Should I Attend? Career Nights are programs scheduled for some of our alumni chapter cities, based on interest as indicated by students. They are held at times when students are not in classes on campus, such as Fall Break and Semester Break. These events are excellent networking opportunities for summer, part-time, and/or full-time jobs and for internships. The question we attempt to answer with the Career Night programs is "If I want to live and work in (city), what can I realistically expect?"

How Does a Career Night Work? We ask that students and graduates register for the various Career Nights by specified deadlines. The Director of Career Services then works directly alumni in each chapter to put together the program based on student needs. We attempt to find alumni, parents, or other individuals closely connected to the occupational interests of the students who plan to attend in each city, though we cannot guarantee a direct match. The program consists of a panel presentation and question-and-answer period regarding employment in that city in general. Panelists are then available on an individual basis to talk with the students about specific needs and interests. Many times the panelists become mentors for the students for the remainder of their college years.

What Do You Have To Do To Attend a Career Night? Complete the registration form for the programs you wish to attend.  All students attending these programs are strongly encouraged to submit resumes in preparation for this event. A minimum of five students must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned. Click here for further information about how Career Nights work, AND to register.  Details on 2020-21 Career Nights TBA.

When Are the Career Nights? Career Nights are usually planned during class breaks, such as Fall and Semester Breaks, when students are able to travel to various locations. Each program meets 6-8pm at a location in the alumni chapter city area. The schedule for 2020-2021 is still TBD.
Program Date Time

Students and graduates may attend any or all of the Career Nights. They will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The specific location for each will be included in the packet of information given to all registrants. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of each student. Please call Ms. Toni McLawhorn, Director of Career Services, at 540-375-2303, or e-mail her at if you have any questions or wish to participate. (She would also welcome calls from those who might like to serve on a Career Nights panel!)

*NOTE: A minimum of five students must be pre-registered for a location before a program will be planned.  Recent graduates seeking networking opportunities in these locations are encouraged to register as well.


Roanoke College Career Services partners with RealWorld

to get students "Real World Ready"

Roanoke College is thrilled to bring “real world” education to campus in partnership with Real World Ready, a platform that helps students and recent graduates transition into life after school. From paying off student loans to saving for retirement, RealWorld’s online program, “Real World Ready”, provides students with critical knowledge and skills to thrive in life post-grad. Roanoke College is committed to supporting students during this important life transition, and is excited to join top schools across the nation in launching/offering this program on campus this year!

As the GPS for adulthood, RealWorld is leveling the playing field and democratizing knowledge by breaking down difficult to understand concepts into terms that are digestible and relevant to students. Through its engaging cartoon-based modules, Real World Ready provides a comprehensive introduction to some of the more complicated “real world” decisions and experiences, and covers everything from personal finance and health care to signing a lease and filing income taxes.

In addition to this comprehensive online educational platform, Roanoke College students can explore tools and trusted resources available on RealWorld’s sidekick website, Here, students will find everything from sample emails and vocabulary, to decoded forms and helpful services.  With this partnership, Roanoke College is excited to join leading schools across the nation in bringing the Real World Ready Movement to our campus. We continue to find new and innovative ways to support our students and are thrilled to launch this much needed resource to prepare our students for success post-graduation.


Experience 2020:  POSTPONED UNTIL June 2021

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

This year's theme is ENDURANCE.  National and regional speakers will share stories and give you the tools you need to grow through personal and professional challenges.  New for 2020 - Add a professional development deep-dive or outdoor excursion!

Registration is now open:  Special discounted rate for students and very recent graduates.

If you have questions on any of the workshops or programs listed above, contact the Office of Career Services at 540-375-2303.

This page is maintained by: Toni McLawhorn,Director of Career Services,

Last Updated: 5/19/2020