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Career Coaching Program

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2014-2015 PROGRAM
Applications are now CLOSED.
Please view the proposed event schedule (below). 

 

Objective
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 29, 2014  - Application Deadline for Volunteer Career Coaches

September 14, 2014 - Application Deadline for Students

--PROGRAM START--

September 26, 2014 - 8:30am-10:00am - Orientation Breakfast (Students and Coaches meet for the first time) (breakfast provided)

October 24, 2014 - 11:00am-1:00pm - Tour of Colorado Springs Utilities (lunch provided)

November 21, 2014 - 11:30-1:30pm - Tour of Epicentral Coworking (lunch provided)

December 2014 - Student Volunteer Project

February 2015 - Tour date and location TBD

March 2015 - Etiquette Dinner date and location TBD

April 2015 - Motivational Speaker Event date and location TBD

--PROGRAM END--

*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 (with the exception of January).


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!
Donation Website: www.cufund.org/give-now/

Background
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.


Contact
For more information on the program, please contact Samantha Bruner of the College of Business Alumni Relations Office at 719-255-5174 or sbruner@uccs.edu.


Resources
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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