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2018 State of Jobs Conference on October 30th in Sarasota, Fl
Welcome to the 5th Anniversary of the State of Jobs Conference! The country's largest conference focused on college and career development. SOJC brings together the areas top leaders to speak with hundreds of students from 2 dozen schools to help them understand their future.
We have six tracks available this year including healthcare, information technology, business/entrepreneurship, manufacturing/engineering, hospitality/tourism, and arts/culture.
Over 100 Speakers
This year, we welcome many familiar faces from previous years plus welcome new speakers to the event. Every year we evaluate our speakers and bring the ones back that you’re most excited about on Twitter. Continue the conversation so we can continue to improve the event.
Technology for Learning
Throughout the conference, you will have an opportunity to engage with our group by answering questions via text messaging and traditional paper surveys. Our goal is to improve the quality of education in Sarasota and Manatee Counties while also improving your opportunities to succeed in college and careers.
2017 SOJC Speakers (2018 TBA)
The #stateofjobs conference brings together some of the areas top business and community leaders to discuss careers, trends, and opportunities in their fields.
2017 PROGRAM (2018 TBA)
#stateofjobs is a one day conference focused on delivering students a real conference experience in preparation of understanding their opportunities in college and careers.
Chris Laney & Blair Broomston
Welcome and Keynote
Chris Laney, Director of Education & Community Investment of CareerSource Suncoast Welcome Address
Main Conference Center
Chris Laney & Blair Broomston
Track Session 1
Healthcare - First RespondersInformation Technology - Life in IT, presented by SouthTech Engineering/Manufacturing - Maker Movement, Richard Platt Hospitality/Tourism - Sports Tourism Panel Arts/Culture - Behind the Scenes, presented by Feld Entertainment Business/Entrepreneurship - Create a business in 40 minutes
Track Session 2
Healthcare - Life of Healthcare, presented by Plymouth HarborInformation Technology - IT Demonstration and Concentration Engineering/Manufacturing - Mechanical Engineering, presented by Feld Entertainment Monster Truck Show Hospitality/Tourism - The Art of Culinary Arts/Culture - The Art of Improv, presented by Florida Studio Theater Business/Entrepreneurship - Business Problem Solving
Track Session 3
Healthcare - Pediatrics and ER, presented by Dr. Patrick Mularoni, All Children's HospitalInformation Technology - In the Mind of a Hacker, presented by Craig Troyer, Mapletronics Engineering/Manufacturing - Keeping the Lights On, presented by FPL Hospitality/Tourism - TBD Arts/Culture - The Well-Fed Artist, presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Sarasota County Business/Entrepreneurship - Real Insurance, starting a career in it
The Manatee/Sarasota region has some of the most recognizable names in higher education. At State of Jobs, we like to showcase the amazing diversity and strength among our many institutions in this region. We will welcome nearly ten institutions to share about what makes their institutions unique and answer some questions from the audience.
What does it mean to be ready to enter the workforce. Whether it's after college or following high school, we want to discuss the importance of personal branding, personal responsibility, digital branding, and what it takes to be hired in a 21st Century job market.
SOJC Parent’s Night
We're excited to welcome Parents for an exciting night of learning about colleges and careers. We're invited the first 200 parents to join us for this year's SOJC Parent's Night at Robarts Arena. This program will include dinner and give you the opportunity to hear from 6 different keynote speakers (in a short amount of time) and spend time learning from the incredible higher education institutions we have in this community. You can register today at www.stateofjobs.org/parentsnight
Robarts Arena is home to many events including the Sarasota County Fair. This year, 15,000 sq ft will be filled with students learning about colleges and careers.
3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237More about the venue
Our sponsors are amazing! We can't do this event without them.
Since starting State of Jobs in 2013, I've been amazed by how this community has come together to work with students and motivate them to understand, and prepare for the future. I can't wait to see how State of Jobs continues to make an impact in student's lives.