Student Professional Development Program

New Professional Development Workshops Offered

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 program consists of four workshops: career planning, professional appearance, professional etiquette, and the job campaign.

Additional workshops will be offered this semester. Check the Student Professional Development Program website for a schedule of future workshops.


Career Planning

Completion of this workshop is a graduation requirement for business students using the 2005-06 and subsequent university catalogues.  All three sessions in the workshop must be attended in their entirety to successfully complete the requirement. 

Topics covered include exploring different majors, looking at career options, and determining strategies for developing the competencies employers look for in new employees.  Students attending this workshop must complete a homework assignment prior to the first meeting date. Information about the assignment will be emailed to those who enroll in the workshop.

Instructor: Erin Leifker, Career Services

Workshop fee: $18.75


Career Planning, Section 001
Registration deadline: February 9th
Download registration form (PDF)*

Tue, February 13, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 316 
Tue, February 20, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 316 
Tue, February 27, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 316

Career Planning, Section 002
Registration deadline: February 23rd
Download registration form (PDF)*

Wed, February 28, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 311
Wed, March 7, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 311
Wed, March 14, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Schneider 311

*Return completed registration form (PDF) to Schneider 110. (Registration forms are also available in the COB Office, Schneider Hall 117) 



The Job Campaign

Limited to JUNIORS and SENIORS only, unless the student has been admitted to the College of Business and is planning an internship in the near future. Completion of this workshop is a graduation requirement for business students using the 2005-06 and subsequent university catalogues. All three sessions in the workshop must be attended in their entirety to successfully complete the requirement.

Topics covered include writing a resume and cover letter, searching for a job, researching a company, interviewing with confidence, and providing proper follow-up. Students will participate in mock interviews.

Instructor: Erin Leifker, Career Services

Workshop fee: $25.00


Job Campaign, Section 001
Registration deadline: April 9th
Download registration form (PDF)*

Wed, April 11, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Schneider 311
Thurs, April 19, Mock Interviews, Time & Place to be Arranged
Wed, April 25, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Schneider 311

*Return completed registration form (PDF) to Schneider 110. (Registration forms are also available in the COB Office, Schneider Hall 117) 

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Meet the Workshop Leaders

Erin Leifker, MS
Career Services Career and Employment Coordinator

Erin Leifker

Erin Leifker has a BS degree in Agricultural Education from UW-Plattville and a MS degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Her first job was as a school-to-work coordinator, where she taught career-related topics and managed students at various work sites. Later she joined an advertising company where she handled recruiting and training for the firm. More recently, Leifker worked as a staffing consultant for an employment agency, where she hired and trained employees.

In addition to teaching in the Student Professional Development Program, Leifker provides internship and career advice to business students.


Sheryl Poirier, MPA
Student Professional Development Program Coordinator

Sheryl Poirier

Sheryl Poirier has a bachelor of fine arts and a master of public administration from UW-Oshkosh. She began her career at UW-Oshkosh in student affairs during her undergraduate and graduate programs. For the past eleven years, she worked for UW-Stevens Point's Union Center in the areas of leadership development, outdoor recreation, intramurals, and fitness.

As the Student Professional Development Program coordinator, Poirier handles the administration of the program and helps develop the curriculum for the workshops.


Justin Gardner, MBA
Student Professional Development Program Coordinator

Justin Gardner

Justin Gardner is a graduate of the UW-Eau Claire entrepreneur program and MBA program. Prior to joining the COB, Gardner was a regional sales manager for Custom Wheel Professionals, located in Colorado.

As the Student Professional Development Program coordinator, Gardner handles the administration of the program and helps develop the curriculum for the workshops.

In addition, Gardner is the coordinator for the Leadership Institute, a pre-collegiate program for incoming students. He also teaches management courses for the Department of Management and Marketing.

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