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The Student Professional Development Program - Another Example of UW-Eau Claire Excellence

By Stuart McMullin

Do you need another reason to know UW-Eau Claire's College of Business is committed to excellence? The Student Professional Development Program is in the works to give business students the skills they need to present themselves in a professional manner throughout their career. The program consists of four, non-credit workshops which all business students will be required to complete starting with the 2005-2006 university catalogue.

The College of Business sees the new program as an opportunity to give Eau Claire students an advantage over those from other universities, according to Jack Hoggatt, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Hoggatt developed the curriculum for the new program with assistance from Career Services. The workshops, which are two to four hours in length, are as follows:

  • Career Planning. Designed for sophomores, students will explore different majors, and learn what skills and competencies employers look for in new graduates.

  • Professional Appearance. Students will discover what employers expect for dress in both formal and informal settings.  They will also learn tips for grooming and presenting themselves more professionally.

  • The Job Campaign. Landing a job is the focus of this workshop. Students will learn how to write a resume and cover letter, search for a job, research a company, interview with confidence, and provide proper follow-up.

  • Professional Etiquette. Students will gain the personal and social finesse they need to work effectively in the business world. They will learn how to behave in a variety of social situations, such as interviewing for a job or entertaining clients. They will also learn such practical things as which fork to use, when to order wine, who picks up the check, or how much to tip.  (Students who have completed BCOM 405 may have this workshop waived.)

Workshops will be taught by two COB instructors. Hoggatt expects to have the individuals hired by November 1. He plans on offering the first workshop in early December.

The cost of the program will be partially funded with the $95.00 fee students will pay for the four seminars. Additional funds to run the program have come from American Express and National Presto. With this new program possibly being the "x-factor" in determining whether students get a job right away after graduation, the $95.00 is a bargain.  Look for the Professional Development Program to make UW Eau-Claire reach to new levels of excellence in the fall of 2006.

Stuart McMullinStuart McMullin is a senior marketing student from Janesville, WI. He wrote this article as part of a BCOM 306 class project.

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