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Professional Development

Professional Development

Recruiters Seek Complementary “Soft Skills” When Hiring

As you set out to master the technical sides of disciplines such as accounting, finance, human resources and marketing, the Boler team keeps an eye on other important aspects of your growth as a business professional.

It’s common that you would begin college with little or no sense of how personal qualities — self-awareness, integrity and habits of communication — predict future career and life success. Recruiters and senior managers report, in survey after survey, that such “soft skills” matter as much if not more than grades, technical skills, awards and other resume highlights.

The Boler School of Business Professional Development Program will prepare you to explore and one day enter the world of work with poise, finesse and confidence.

Mandatory Four-Year Program

Created exclusively for Boler students, the seven-semester Professional Development Program will help you build and polish a portfolio of “soft skills” by providing the following:

  • skill-building workshops
  • career events
  • networking and mentoring opportunities with alumni and recruiters

You gain an immediate competitive edge when applying for internships and jobs by:

  • interacting with alumni
  • learning from experienced professionals
  • improving networking skills
  • creating that all-important professional network

Throughout your career, you will continue to learn about your leadership virtues and deepen your appreciation for how a Jesuit business education helps to form your ethical and spiritual inner compass (regardless of your religious or non-religious affiliation), and prepares you to lead a business in a manner consistent with human purpose and dignity. 

Professional Development Workshops

Self Discovery, Awareness, & Planning

BPD 102

spring freshman year

Understanding the principles of expectations management, online branding, and identifying unique leadership qualities.

Build and Develop Professional Skills I

BPD 201

fall sophomore year

Learning the tools and skills essential for professional success; improving skills with communication etiquette, networking, resume writing, and finding an internship.

Build and Develop Professional Skills II

BPD 202

spring sophomore year

Continue to develop the essential skills for interviewing, LinkedIn, resume writing and professional conduct.

Real World Professional Skills

BPD 301

fall junior year

Begin to put professional skills into practice; gain the professional experience of an executive mentor, dining etiquette, building a professional network, and behavior-based interviewing.

Real World Professional Skills II

BPD 302

spring junior year

Experienced professionals share their stories of success, overcoming adversity, and general career advice; learn to better leverage professional abilities.

Transitioning from College to the World of Work I

BPD 401

fall senior year

Revisit cover letters and resumes; learn how to negotiate an offer and how to successfully handle criticism, feedback, and praise.

Transitioning from College to the World of Work II

BPD 402

spring senior year

Networking and LinkedIn after college; managing money; key advice for transitioning from college student to professional.