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Florida International University
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Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199

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Communication Works Lecture Series Provides Unique Learning Opportunity for Students

The Communication Arts department kicked off a lecture series called “Communication Works” on January 28, 2015. Organized by faculty member Raquel Perez, the lecture series is designed to explain the role of communication in the current global economy with the focus on the 21st century career market. The series aims to help students make connections between theory and practice.

“What I wanted to do was bring in individuals from the workforce to explain what they’re looking for in candidates and provide opportunities of employment,” explained Perez.

The first presentation in the series was given by Yeily Colon and Caroline Dyal from SBE Miami. The twosome discussed what qualities they look for in potential candidates for the company. Colon, an HR coordinator and Dyal, a hotel manager gave the students a variety of useful tips ranging from making sure their appearance is appropriate to creating goals sets for themselves. Students were invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation with the speakers one-on-one and give them their resumes for possible opportunities of employment. Six students were chosen and will be interviewed for employment after graduation with SBE.

The series will continue with Pedro P. Garcia, Director of Talent Management for Carnival Cruise Line on February 27 at 11:30 am in GC 305. As Director of Talent Management, Pedro oversees leadership development, succession planning, performance management, organizational development, and employee training. Previously, Pedro worked for Citrix Systems.

The third and final installment of the series will take place on March 18 at 11am in GC 305, where students will hear from Victoria Cervantes. Cervantes has over thirteen years of experience in communications including public relations, marketing, and branding. In the past six years at HistoryMiami, Victoria has managed the Communications, Visitor Services and City Tours departments.

For more information, contact Raquel Perez at RaqPerez@fiu.edu.

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