Lecture series begins with success for students


The Political Affairs Lecture Series continues to pursue its goal of introducing students to career options in a casual environment this Thursday.

Jennifer Hogge, from Donor Services at LDS Philanthropies, will speak to students at 4 p.m. in room 238 of the Herald R. Clark Building on Sept. 6.  The title of her lecture is “Career Reflections: Philanthropy.”

Hogge agreed to speak at the lecture and is passionate about the subject.

“I really feel strongly about government and politics… and the skill set to address conflict in the world today,” Hogge said.

Hogge said she believes the students at BYU have that skill set to be successful.

Success, according to Hogge, requires “humility, hard work, lots of reading and high standards of excellence.”

The series is hosted by the Political Science Department and is entering its third year. It draws on resources from the BYU Alumni Association, the Political Affairs Society and faculty to find presenters.

Darren Hawkins, the chair of the Political Science Department, was responsible for the developement of the series.

“I wanted to help students transition from the university to the real world,” Hawkins said.

“We sit down and listen to what the students want to learn,” said Kellie Daniels, an employee in the Political Science Department.

What resulted was a series focused on giving students exposure to different careers and the skills needed to be successful.

“It helps people streamline what they want to do and how to do it,” said Daniels.

The department asks a successful individual from a variety of fields to “provide students with practical sources for students to get jobs,” according to Daniels.

The series is not just for political science students.

Hogge said the lecture is for “every individual who desires to be successful in their desired profession.”

According to Hawkins, the series is for students studying “anything that intersects with the public eye,” putting an emphasis on language, liberal arts, social science, business and politics.

Hawkins said the series is meant to help students with advice on careers, skills such as writing resumes, cover letters and letters of inquiry and formulas for success.

Speakers discuss the specifics of their jobs  and give career advice to the attendees. Past presenters have come from the FBI, CIA and many other government and NGO positions. The lecture will continue every Thursday for the duration of the semester.

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