Student Professional Development Program

Getting a Competitive Edge

The Student Professional Development Program (SPDP) gives business students a competitive edge in obtaining internships and securing desired employment. 

By combining theory with practice, our non-credit workshops help students personally and professionally develop. By applying themselves in the program workshops, business students will develop a balanced portfolio which reflects their academic, professional and career readiness. SPDP can be a student’s unique resource in gaining competitive advantage over other qualified job candidates. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: The SPDP workshops are a graduation requirement for all College of Business Administration majors. Students must complete all workshops prior to fulfilling immersion experience requirement for the College of Business Administration.

We achieve this by focusing workshops on personal development, industry and career knowledge, organizational leadership panels, networking, and professional image enhancement.

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Steps to Success


Course 1: Discovering Your Options 

Mandatory Orientation for Online Class, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4 - 5:30 p.m., CBA Computer Lab, BUSA, room 102.

Get a clear sense of who you are, what you want to achieve, what skills and experience you have to leverage, and what will truly make you happy. Then you can make it happen! Self-paced professional development and career readiness courses developed externally by subject matter experts, as a combined effort between Bloomberg/ Business Week, Peregrine Academic Services, and Your Success Now (YSM).

To be completed in your freshman year.

$30.00 to register

Registration for this course opens August 23 and closes September 1.


Course 2: Sculpting Your Value Proposition 

(prerequisite complete Course 1) 

Online class; no orientation required

You can have all the potential and talent in the world, but packaging what you have to offer strategically maximizes your opportunities. Give yourself the best shot.

To be completed in your FRESHMAN year

$25.00 to register

This course will run twice during the fall 2017 semester. Register online between the following dates:

  • Registration will open August 23 and close September 1
  • Registration will open October 2 and close October 13

Professional Etiquette Dinner

Thursday, October 5, 2017 • 5:30 p.m. • MSUB Ballrooms

Students learn the dynamics of interacting and dining in a professional environment.

Should be completed by your SOPHOMORE year
$15* (Register with the Texas A&M-Kingsville Office of Career Services.)

*Includes a four-course dinner


Course 3: Selling Yourself

We’re all in sales. We all have to sell ourselves every day. Especially when you’re looking for internships, jobs, consulting projects or even launching a startup.

This course will run twice during the fall 2017 semester. Register online between the following dates:

  • Registration will open August 23 and close September 1
  • Registration will open October 2 and close October 13

Course 4: Activating Your Plan

Elevating your strategy will make you aim higher, expect more from yourself, and achieve more in return. Take your big new plans and put them into action. Results await!

This course will run twice during the fall 2017 semester. Register online between the following dates:

  • Registration will open August 23 and close September 1
  • Registration will open October 2 and close October 13

The Job Campaign

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 • 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. • 221 MSUB

In this workshop students learn the mechanics of a successful job campaign, to include perfecting the cover letter & résumé, targeting specific employment opportunities, interviewing and follow-up. This workshop includes an interactive session with a panel of leaders from a diverse mix of business organizations. Students are strongly encouraged to present themselves in a professional manner. Business professional attire is recommended.

To be completed by your SOPHOMORE year

This course will run twice during the fall 2017 semester. Register online between the following dates:

  • Registration will open August 23 and close September 1
  • Registration will open October 2 and close October 13


WORKSHOP FEES

Please see your advisor for more information.

Contact the Office of Career Services for the Professional Etiquette Dinner.

register

Contact Cindy Longoria

voice: 361 593-3902
email: Cynthia.Longoria@tamuk.edu

 

This page was last updated on: August 30, 2017