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WHAT IS A CAREER COACH?
A professional alumnus or business community member who volunteers his or her time and expertise to help a current student develop her or her career. As a Career Coach, you will meet with one student once a month during the program (4 months). Students and Career Coaches are paired together based on industry of interest, and during your meetings, you will discuss with your student how to enter into the professional world, network, interview, craft a stand-out résumé, and what to expect in the "real world" of your particular industry. You and the student will be given resources to help you along the way.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM ENTAIL?
In addition to meeting with your student once a month during the semester, you will also interact with and meet the other students and Career Coaches in the program during planned events, occurring once a month with the exception of January. 

  • TOURS - During the program, the entire group will tour several businesses around Colorado Springs, each giving a different perspective on various industries. These businesses will include: Colorado Springs Utilities (government enterprise), Epicentral Coworking (entrepreneurship and small business), and a large corporation. Lunch will be provided during these events. 
  • VOLUNTEER PROJECT - Students will engage in a volunteer project during the month of December. 
  • ETIQUETTE DINNER - Facilitated by one of our very own UCCS instructors, Jeanne Breisch, this evening event will feature a four-course, full-service meal. As you dine, you will learn proper dining etiquette - a must know in business! (Career Coaches always learn a lot, too!)
  • MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER EVENT - The final event will feature a local motivational speaker. A great way to end on a high note!


Please refer to the homepage for a schedule of events.



AM I QUALIFIED?Student Help Computer
In order to apply for this program, you need to either be an alumnus of the UCCS College of Business or a professional community member who is comfortable in a mentorship role. Currently, we prefer Career Coaches to live locally in order to have face-to-face interaction with their student (Skype is acceptable on occasion). In order to apply, please have your résumé and information pertaining to your skills and competencies ready, as this information will be used to pair you with a student.

Resources and guides will be given to you to use during your one-on-one meetings with your student; however, we encourage Career Coaches to impart their own experiences in developing a meaningful relationship and deepening the mentorship proceess.

Please note that though most Career Coaches will be accepted into the program, some applications may be kept for the following semester in the event no students express interest in your stated industry or capacity is bound by budgetary constraints.



HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PROGRAM FINANCIALLY?
Individuals and companies can sponsor a student at $500; 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/


QUESTIONS?

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.



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Here is what other Career Coaches have said about the program:

"Successful business people like to give back. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It connects the students to the business community and the alumni back to the college."

-Scott P.


"I got a lot more out of the program personally than I thought. I got more than I gave. It was well put together, and I really appreciated the information."

- Dawn R.







FEEDBACK FORM

Already in the program? After each meeting with your student, submit your feedback HERE.

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