Career Coaching Program

Career Coaching Program

Alumni & friends preparing students to enter the workforce with confidence.

The Career Coaching Program provides alumni and friends with the opportunity 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.

Watch the video below to find out more about this mentorship program for business students.

Topics Covered

  1. Networking Skills
  2. LinkedIn Profile
  3. Interview Skills (Skype)
  4. Elevator Speech
  5. Dining Etiquette
  6. Selecting a Career Path
  7. Follow-up Skills
  8. Ethical Decision Making
  9. Giving/Receiving Feedback
  10. Communication Etiquette
  11. Real Industry Knowledge
  12. Résumé Writing

Program Details

  • Program Structure

    The program will occur between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters for a total of eight months (September through April). Career Coaches and students will be matched based on industry of interest. 

    Dates to know: 

    • Friday, September 14 - Student Applications
    • Friday, September 21 - Acceptance and Matches Announced 
    • Friday, September 28, 8:30-10:00am - Kick-Off Breakfast - All coaches and students accepted into the program welcome (Invite Only)
    • Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26 – DISC Professional Behavioral Assessment Tool with Cathy Roberts, Global Director of Learning, Cherwell
    • Friday, November 6 – Lunch and Learn – “Guayaki Yerba Mate and Using Business for Good” - sponsored by Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
  • Program Itinerary

    The full 2018/2019 Career Coaching Program itinerary is currently being developed but may include:

    • Area Business Tours: Explore local businesses in various industries here in our own community. Discuss day-to-day life with people who are currently working in your field or industry of interest. Examples include: Cherwell Software, Discover Goodwill, Epicentral Coworking, Ford Credit, Colorado Springs Utilities, AspenPointe and more. 

    • Personal Reflection and Development: Discover more about your true self and personality through a seminar facilitated by one of our faculty members. 

    • Etiquette Dinner: In your career, you will certainly be faced with situations where you will need to navigate the dining table. Learn how to do it like a pro at this five-course gourmet dinner! This dinner with coaches and students is the culmination and celebration of the year of learning.  

    Over the eight months of the program, we will have eight different group events to which all students and Career Coaches are invited. 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. The total time commitment is about 4 hours per month.

  • Program Support

    Sponsor a student – Individuals and companies can sponsor a student for $500.

    Gifts to the program are welcome at any time, in 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/Career Coaching Program." Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity!

  • 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. The Career Coaching Program has been designed to equip current junior and senior students with the help of an alumnus or professional community member serving as a 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.

  • 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.

Contact

For more information on the program, please contact Katie Burns of the College of Business at 719-255-3113 or kburns@uccs.edu.

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