2018 Beyond the Gates: Preparing for Life and Work after Sewanee

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Juniors and seniors are invited to participate in this fast-paced and engaging weekend (January 12 and 13, 2018) staffed by alumni and parents from a variety of career fields and areas of the country. The fourteenth-annual weekend includes networking opportunities, practice interviews, business dining etiquette, career-specific panel discussions, and advice on life and work after Sewanee.  Registration has closed.

2018 Beyond the Gates Schedule

2018 Beyond the Gates Alumni and Parent Participants - will be available at a later date.

Students who participate in Beyond the Gates have the chance to network with helpful alumni and parents and to learn about

  • various careers and career paths
  • how to begin and conduct a job search
  • helpful tips on interviewing and the opportunity for a practice interview
  • resumes and cover letters with the opportunity for a critique
  • what it's like to live and work in various cities from those who are there
  • personal finance and budgeting
  • business dining etiquette and networking techniques
  • succeeding in the first year on the job

 Emily Ochsenschlager

‌This year's keynote speaker is Emily Ochsenschlager.  Emily is an award-winning producer and editor at NPR’s Morning Edition. She’s shaped coverage of 4 presidential elections, and covered important news events domestically and abroad including the Paris Terror attacks, the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and Hurricane Katrina.

Emily has a passion for reporting from the Middle East. She first became interested in the region after working on a radio documentary in 2006 that focused on the shooting death of an Iraqi translator during second Iraq War. Since then she’s produced coverage from Israel, the West Bank and Iran.

She spent four years as a producer/editor on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin - a talk show that connected communities of color with the traditional public radio audience. She produced regular segments on religion, race, and politics - including an interview with President Barack Obama.

When she isn’t focusing on politics or the Middle East, Emily takes a break by working on music interviews; some of her favorite interviews: Bruce Springsteen, Sufjan Stevens and country music icon, Loretta Lynn.

Emily was part of the team that in 2017 launched NPR’s daily news podcast, Up First, a 13 minute program focused on the news you need to start your day. It consistently ranks amongst the top news podcasts in the nation.

Emily was born and raised just outside of Washington, D.C. She graduated from The University of the South (YSR) with a degree in Political Science in 2003. And despite what she said when she was young, she is grateful to her parents for always having the car radio tuned to NPR.



Networking Etiquette and Business Dining Etiquette will be taught for the tenth time by Sewanee parent Virginia "Gina" H. Johnson, former associate vice president for Auxiliary Services at the University of Alabama and certified by the Emily Post Institute. 

Now in its fourteenth year, the event is often full prior to the registration deadline.  Successful registration also involves approval of an up-to-date resume by Career & Leadership Development staff, uploading your resume on TigerNet, completing the StrengthsQuest assessment, and completing the Statement of Understanding and registering with Residential Life to return early to your room. (Links to be provided soon.) Until these steps are complete, you will not be considered a registered participant. All registered students will be sent links, instructions and deadlines for competing the steps to be considered completely registered as an attendee.

Past attendees said: 

"I learned so much from the weekend! It was such a helpful experience. I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my future, but after talking to everyone, I feel more confident about future career choices, along with the fact that I can actually survive after college!"

"As the first of my family to graduate college looking for a professional job, Beyond the Gates has thoroughly established an extensive foundation on how to seek employment and succeed once employed."

"It was reassuring to know that many who have attended grad school had a waiting period in between their graduation from Sewanee and their entrance into grad school. It helped me realize that I should set my goals on entry level jobs that will help me focus on what I really want to do with my future."

"Sewanee alumni really do want to help you!"

 Beyond the Gates Alumni Photo 2017



Gailor Auditorium and Classrooms, Convocation Hall, Sewanee Inn

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