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Career Coaching Program

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2015-2016 PROGRAM
Applications for Career Coaches: CLOSED
Applications for Students: CLOSED
*For questions about your application, please contact Samantha Wood (
Please view the proposed event schedule (below). 


To provide alumni an opportunity through a structured program to impart their skills and experiences to UCCS College of Business junior or senior students in order to prepare them to enter the workforce as confident, competent, and ethical professionals.

Topics Covered
The following are professional topics covered either in full or in part throughout the program:

Networking Skills Dining Etiquette Giving/Receiving Feedback
LinkedIn Profile Selecting a Career Path Communication Etiquette
Interview Skills (Skype) Follow-up Skills Real Industry Knowledge
Elevator Speech Ethical Decision Making Résumé Writing

Program Structure
The program will occur between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters for a total of eight months (September thru April). Career Coaches and students, who are matches based on industry of interest, would be given a particular career topic, which they will review, discuss, and/or experience whenever and wherever convenient during that month, with the exception of January. Each Career Coach and student will be equipped with resources to serve as supplemental information on the various required topics. Below is program itinerary (some dates are tentative):

August 28, 2015  - Application Deadline for Volunteer Career Coaches

September 13, 2015 - Application Deadline for Students

September 15, 2015 - 3:30-5:30pm - Career Coaching Tranining (East Library, Annex)


September 25, 2015 - 8:30am-10:00am - Orientation Breakfast

October - Date TBD - Area Business Tour - Epicentral Coworking

November 18, 2015 - 8:30-10:00am - Personality Profile Seminar with Dr. Jill Bradley-Geist and Dr. James Van Scotter

Week of December 7-11, 2015 - Group Event TBD

Week of January 25-29, 2016 - Group Event TBD

Week of February 22-26, 2016 - Group Event TBD

Week of March 28-April 1, 2016 - Group Event TBD

Week of April 25-29, 2016 - Group Event TBD

**As exact dates and times are set, this program will be updated.** Monthly events will include area business tours, community service projects, panel seminars, and more.


*In addition to the monthly events, students and Career Coaches will also meet one-on-one at a mutually convenient time and place each month.

Program Support
Individuals and companies can sponsor a student at $250; however, you can support the program at any amount. To contribute, please send your gift to the CU Foundation via an online transaction or mailed check. Be sure to designate your gift to the "UCCS COB Alumni Program Fund." Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity!
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Our alumni, who are professionally successful across many industries, can offer information and insights to help "bridge the gap" between the classroom and workplace. Therefore, the Career Coaching Program has been designed to equip current junior and senior students with the help of an alumnus or professional community member (Career Coach). The Career Coach's role is to inspire, inform, guide, encourage, and support his or her student during this transitional period with help from our structured program material. The goal is for the Career Coaches and students to form reciprocal, trusting, and fruitful relationships in order to share industry information, personal experiences, and networking tips that can be difficult to find elsewhere. Overall, the Career Coaching Program will offer an opportunity for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas between experienced professionals and students in the UCCS College of Business, the next generation of leaders.

For more information on the program, please contact Samantha Wood of the College of Business Alumni Relations Office at 719-255-5174 or

A comprehensive Guidebook containing seven chapters, each focused on a particular professional topic such as resume writing, networking skills, interview techniques, etc. has been created specifically for this program and is given to each Career Coach and student at the beginning of the program. The mentorship pairs are to use the guides as a foundation for conversation and a jumping off point for deeper research and practice into professional skills such as interviewing, networking, and resume writing.

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This program is brought to you by College of Business Alumni!

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