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Student Professional Development Program

The Student Professional Development Program is a series of non-credit workshops designed to give business students the skills they need to present themselves in a professional manner throughout their career.

The Student Professional Development Program consists of four workshops: The Business Professional, Professional Image, Professional Etiquette, and Networking Banquet (see descriptions below). The workshops are a graduation requirement for all College of Business majors. Starting with the 2010–2011 Catalog, students are required to take all four workshops prior to applying for admission to the College of Business.

For questions about the Student Professional Development program, contact co-coordinators Justin Gardner and Tiffany Weiss at spdp@uwec.edu.

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Student Professional Development Program Workshops

1. The Business Professional (formerly Becoming a Business Professional)

Prerequisite for Networking Banquet. Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Introduction to the College of Business
  • Career planning
  • Developing your network
  • Discovering Blugold CareerLink
  • Panel of interns

Workshop fee: $18.75

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2. Professional Image (formerly Professional Appearance)

Prerequisite for Networking Banquet. Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • First impressions
  • Business professional attire
  • Business casual attire
  • Purchasing business attire
  • Black tie affairs
  • Interview preparation
  • Accessories and grooming

Workshop fee: $16.50

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3. Professional Etiquette (formerly Developing Your Professional Profile)

Prerequisite for Networking Banquet. Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Preparing for an event
  • Pre-dinner etiquette
  • The place setting
  • The meal: salad, bread, soup, main course, dessert
  • The American and European dining styles
  • Tipping, toasting, wine and glassware
  • Concluding a meal

If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, email spdp@uwec.edu at least 3 days prior to the workshop.

Workshop fee: $25.00 (includes meal)

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4. Networking Banquet (formerly Professional Etiquette)

Prior completion of The Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette is required before registering for the Networking Banquet. This workshop is the culmination of the previous three workshops; it provides the opportunity to put into practice, in the company of business professionals, all that has been learned in the SPDP. In this workshop, you will:

  • Dress in proper attire
  • Network with professionals in a formal networking environment
  • Dine with proper etiquette, practice proper dining styles while carrying on a conversation
  • Gain valuable feedback from professionals

Business casual attire required, business professional preferred. If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, email spdp@uwec.edu at least 3 days prior to the workshop.

Workshop fee: $38.75 (includes meal)

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Suggested Attire

Students are strongly encouraged to present themselves in a professional manner at each workshop. BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE IS RECOMMENDED. (No jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.) Business casual may include a polo and khakis for men and khakis or dress pants and a nice button up shirt or blouse for women. Workshops involve professionals from the community. Every contact you make should form a positive and professional impression.

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