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September 12, 2012

ULM's Career Connections hosts third annual style show

The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Office of Career Connections and Experiential Education will host its third annual Career Style Show at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the second floor of the Student Union Building.

The show is free and open to the public.

According to Roslyn Pogue, director of Career Connections, the style show is designed to educate students on the appropriate attire for business events and to provide an overview of appropriate clothing worn at professional functions.

These events include career fairs, job interviews, business dinners, conferences, and even sporting or charity events. 

Each year, the show increases in interest, attendance, and model participation, which Pogue credits to students realizing the importance of professional dress in the workplace.

Professional dress promotes a sense of self-esteem and confidence, which is noticed by future employers, she said.

Last year, the style show catered to an audience of approximately 500 students, and at least 30 students modeled business attire.

The CCEE team is expecting the same number of models, if not more, to participate this year.

Pogue said, “This style show is a student's professional ‘wardrobe closet’ of knowledge.For instance, while an event may be classified as business casual, that does not mean the attire is blue jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes. It means ‘something else.'  This show defines what that ‘something else’ is.”

Although the style show is a learning event, it is also a fun experience and modeled after a real fashion show to include a runway, music, lights, and seating.

As a result, students leave the show understanding the concept and knowing the CCEE staff has put time, effort, and care into engaging them in the show’s purpose and importance, Pogue said.

For more information, contact the Office of Career Connections at 318-342-5338, or visit their office located in the University Library, Room 302.

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