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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 registering for the Professional Networking Event as this workshop builds on materials covered previously.


We have converted the Spring 2021 Student Professional Development Program workshops to an online format.

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.

The Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette Workshops
  • 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 spring classes if you have already enrolled in the workshops prior to that date.

 

  • The deadline to enroll in the Business Professional, Professional Image, and Professional Etiquette workshops is Friday, March 12, at 11: 59 p.m. If you are not enrolled by March 12, 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 Friday, March 12, at 11:59 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 Friday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m. Each of the workshops is self-paced, so you will want to be sure you are staying on task to complete them by this date. 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 the first three workshops is $15.

The Networking Event

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 live-streamed 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.

  • You can enroll in a Networking Event, register here.
  • The Networking Events will be conducted virtually but they are a synchronous event, which means you must plan to attend, via your computer, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the date of the event you registered for (April 1 or 5). Clear your calendar for this date and time!
  • Prior to the event, you will be sent instructions to prepare for the best way to present yourself, including how to test your Zoom connection and how to set up your web camera, background, and lighting. Professionalism requires that you have a technology back-up plan.
  • Technology failure will not be a valid reason for not completing the workshop. You may, for example, want to download Zoom onto your computer as well as download the app to your phone or other mobile device. If one fails, you always have the other for a backup.
  • The dress code for this event is Business Professional, as always.
  • The deadline to enroll in the networking event is Friday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m.
  • The deadline to drop the networking event and not be billed for it is also Friday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m. After that point, you will be charged for the event regardless of whether you attend.

The fee for the Networking Event is $20.


 

The Business Professional

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 internships opportunities.

Workshop fee: $15.00

Professional Etiquette

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 workshop 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.

Workshop fee: $15.00 

Professional Image

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. 

Workshop fee: $15.00

Professional Networking Event

It's time to put into practice everything you've learned in the first three workshops.  At this virtual event, you will listen to a live-streamed presentation by our keynote speaker, have the opportunity to ask questions, then break up into small groups and join a business professional in a Bluejeans meeting room.  Through this virtual meeting format, you may be networking with area professionals or with business professionals and alum from across the country.

Workshop fee: $20.00 

How do I pay for the workshops?

Workshops 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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