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.  All six workshops must be complete prior to applying for graduation.

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

Free Mandatory Orientation

Students are required to attend a free mandatory orientation prior to Course 1: Discovering Your Options   online class. Orientation will be held at the CBA Computer Lab, BUSA, room 102,. We will offer three opportunities to attend this orientation during the spring 2019 semester.

  • January 23, 2019, 3-4 p.m.
  • May 9, 2019, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.

Register to attend free orientation by CLICKING HERE

Instructions regarding payment for online course 1-4 workshops will be shared during the mandatory orientation.

Course 1: Discovering Your Options 

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite)  Attend Free SPDP orientation  

$18.75 workshop fee CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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 are developed externally by subject matter experts as a combined effort between Bloomberg/Business Week, Peregrine Academic Services and Your Success Now (YSM).

Course 2: Sculpting Your Value Proposition 

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

Course 3: Selling Yourself

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1 and Course 2) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

Course 4: Activating Your Plan

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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!

Professional Etiquette Dinner

FACE-TO-FACE WORKSHOP (no prerequisite)

$15 to purchase ticket which includes a four-course dinner. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

In order to receive credit for this workshop, you must sign in at the check-in tables.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 • 5:30 p.m. • MSUB Ballrooms. Deadline to purchase tickets is February 18, 2019.

Students learn the dynamics of interacting and dining in a professional environment. Students are strongly encouraged to present themselves in a professional manner. Business professional attire is recommended.

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


The Job Campaign

FACE-TO-FACE WORKSHOP (prerequisite: All four online courses)

$10.00 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

In order to receive credit for this workshop you must sign in at the check-in tables.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 • 4 p.m. - 5:30 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.


For all questions or inquiries regarding SPDP, please contact Cindy Longoria.

Cindy Longoria
voice: 361 593-3902


This page was last updated on: January 17, 2019