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Student Professional Development Program

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The Student Professional Development Program is a series of four non-credit workshops designed to give you the skills you need to present yourself in a professional manner throughout your career. Workshops are informative, hands-on, and practical.

All College of Business majors are required to complete the workshops; students with minors in the Department of Management and Marketing are required to complete the workshops as well.  Students are strongly encouraged to do so by the end of sophomore year as completion of the workshops is a prerequisite requirement for several upper level BUSCORE courses; the prerequisite will not be waived. The first three SPDP workshops must be completed prior to attending the Professional Networking Event as this workshop builds on materials covered previously.

Reminder: Completion of the Student Professional Development Program workshops is a prerequisite for the following courses: MKTG 330: Principles of Marketing, MGMT 340: Organizational Behavior, and MGMT 341: Operations Management. If you plan to register for any of these classes next semester, you must complete the entire Student Professional Development Program (three workshops and the Networking Event).

If your registration date for the following semester falls before the end of the current semester’s workshops, you will be given conditional permission to register for these courses, but you will be dropped from the courses if you do not complete the workshops.


Fall 2021 update:  All SPDP workshops will be offered online this semester.


The Business Professional Workshop
The Professional Image Workshop
The Professional Etiquette Workshop
(All Online via Canvas)

Being a professional is all about building and maintaining good relationships.  Some of the topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Discovering the impact etiquette and communication styles can have on your career
  • Learning networking and relationship building strategies
  • Exploring career planning and internship opportunities

Like it or not, employers and clients will form impressions about you based on your dress and behavior.  So it is important to learn how to manage your professional image.  Other topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Understanding and fitting into the workplace culture.
  • "Dressing for the day"
  • Preparing for the interview

Professional etiquette focuses on building relationships using good table manners.  Whether the situation is an interview, a reception, or other special event, everyone should know how to act in a dining situation.  Topics covered in this workshops include:

  • Learning appropriate behavior before, during, and after the meal
  • Mastering the art of conversation
  • Learning how to act in any business dining situation as the host or the guest
  • You can enroll in the workshops here.
  • Once you are enrolled in an online workshop, you will receive an invitation to join the Canvas course for that workshop. You must accept the invitation to be enrolled in a workshop. All program requirements will be completed in Canvas. Additional instructions for completing each workshop are in Canvas.
  • Your invitation to enroll in the Canvas course will be sent during the first week of classes if you have already enrolled in the workshops prior to the start of the semester.  Otherwise you will receive your Canvas invitation within three business days after registering for the workshop.

 

  • The deadline to enroll in the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops is Wednesday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m. If you are not enrolled by October 13, you will need to complete the Student Professional Development Program in another semester.
  • The deadline to withdraw from the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops is also Wednesday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m.  You will be charged for each workshop you are enrolled in after that date, whether you complete them or not.
  • The deadline for completion of the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops is Wednesday, October 20, at 11:59 p.m. Both of the workshops are self-paced, so you will want to be sure you are staying on task to complete them by this date. You should allow approximately two hours to complete each workshop.  There are no exceptions or extensions for this deadline. If you do not complete the work by then, you will need to complete the Student Professional Development Program in another semester.

The fee for each of the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops is $15.

Workshop fees are billed and attendance is recorded after the workshop has been completed. The fee will be added to your student bill and is due upon receipt to avoid delay in registration. You can pay this fee just as you would tuition, at the Blugold Central office in the Vicki Lord Larson Hall or online. Visit the Blugold Central website if you have questions about making a payment.   

The Networking Event (Virtual via Zoom and Canvas)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual networking, virtual job interviews, and virtual workplaces are the norm. In fact, many companies say that after the pandemic passes, they will still use virtual activities because they are efficient and economical.  The networking event is an opportunity for you to learn more about virtual networking and ways companies are managing their interviewing, hiring, onboarding, and working environments in our mostly virtual workplaces. You will also get some practical advice and takeaways for you to use as you search for your next internship or post-college job.

Our evening will start out with some announcements and a livestreamed presentation by our keynote speaker.  Students will have the opportunity to email questions for the presenter to address at the conclusion of their planned remarks.  Following the keynote speaker, students will break out into small groups and join a pre-assigned Zoom meeting room.  Each group will be joined by a business professional, who may be a resident of the local community or an alum who may be joining from a different city across the country.  These small-group meetings with a business professional will be your opportunity to practice virtual networking.

  • To enroll in a Networking Event, register here.
  • The dress code for this event is Business Professional.
  • In addition to the Zoom meeting, there will be some content on Canvas to complete so watch for an email invitation to the Canvas course as the event gets closer.
  • The deadline to enroll in a networking event is Wednesday, October 20, at 4:00 p.m.
  • The deadline to drop a networking event and not be billed for it is also Wednesday, October 20, at 4:00 p.m.   After that point, you will be charged for the event regardless of whether or not you attend.

The fee for the Networking Event is $20.  

Workshop fees are billed and attendance is recorded after the workshop has been completed. The fee will be added to your student bill and is due upon receipt to avoid delay in registration. You can pay this fee just as you would tuition, at the Blugold Central office in the Vicki Lord Larson Hall or online. Visit the Blugold Central website if you have questions about making a payment.

 

How do I pay for the workshops?

Workshop fees are billed to your student account after you have completed the workshop. Fees can be paid at Blugold Central. You will be charged for the workshop if you register for a workshop but do not attend it OR fail to withdraw by the deadline. For questions about workshop registration history, visit spdp.apps.uwec.edu.

What do I wear to the workshops?

We strongly encourage you to present yourself in a professional manner at each workshop.  Business professional attire is required for the formal Networking Event. Workshops involve professionals from the community, so take advantage of the opportunity to make a positive and professional first impression!

Do workshops have to be completed in their entirety?

Yes. Incomplete attendance will result in having to repeat the entire workshop. You will need to re-register for the workshop, pay the workshop fee, and attend the entire session.

For more information, contact Dr. Paula Lentz, Department of Business Communication. For questions, visit us at Schneider Social Science Hall 404 or call Tonya Simpson at 715-836-4320.

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