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Preparing Future Professionals


PFP explores professional roles and responsibilities as these roles relate to the missions of business, government, and non-profit organizations. Organizations represented include multinational corporations, small business, consulting firms, federal agencies, start-up companies, entrepreneurial activities, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.

  • Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:20 p.m.
  • 2 credit hour course
  • Pass/No Pass grading system.
  • Fall only

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to do the following after the completion of the course:

  • Assemble a professional portfolio, which includes job search documents (CV, resume, cover letter, research statement, and leadership philosophy).
  • Generate strategies for success in the career advancement and performance review processes.
  • Construct an institutional profile and relate your career goals and skill sets with institutional missions and values, company culture, and expected job functions.
  • Construct a career strategic plan for developing, enhancing and maintaining skill sets and competencies.
  • Develop an understanding of professional culture, practices, and environments.

Program Components

A sample syllabus, including speaker list and activities, is available on the Professional Development Community. Three basic elements compose the course:

  • Classroom discussion and networking with professionals
  • Online review and discussion of professional cultures and practices
  • development and articulation of skills and Portfolio construction and critique